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31 August 2012

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Connor Essam joins on one-month loan

Town boss Paul Buckle has strengthened his defensive options by securing highly-rated Gillingham defender Connor Essam on a month’s loan.

The 20-year-old is a product of the Gills’ youth system and last season played 18 times for the Priestfield outfit from February onwards.

In recent seasons to aid his development Essam has enjoyed loan spells with Bishops Storford, Dartford and Dover in the Blue Square Bet South.

Buckle told “It’s safe to say we’re a bit light in the central defensive department.

“Lathaniel Rowe-Turner has done fantastic for us in that position but, with Ronnie Henry suspended, Alex Lacey’s shoulder problem and Janos Kovacs still touch and go on his recovery, I felt we needed to get some protection in that area.

“In Connor we’ve got someone who had League 2 experience last season and did very well.

“He’s a proper centre-half who likes to attack the ball and, at this level, an aerial presence is vital.” 

Connor has been handed squad number 24 and goes straight into the Hatters squad for Saturday’s game with Macclesfield Town at Kenilworth Road.

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