Ady Pennock hands five Gillingham scholars professional contracts

PUBLISHED: 16:10 14 March 2017

Ady Pennock. Pic; Andy Archer

Ady Pennock. Pic; Andy Archer

Copyright AndyPhotos

Defenders Finn O’Mara and Aaron Simpson, midfielders Ben Chapman and Brad Stevenson, and striker Noel Mbo have all been offered deals

Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock has handed professional contracts to five second-year scholars.

Defenders Finn O’Mara and Aaron Simpson, midfielders Ben Chapman and Brad Stevenson, and striker Noel Mbo will turn professional with the club in July.

Attacking midfielder Stevenson (18) has already made his first-team debut for the Gills, having been a substitute in August’s Checkatrade Trophy match against Luton Town.

Simpson, 17 has captained the under-18s throughout the season; he and Mbo, who turns 18 today, were on the bench for February’s away game against Swindon Town.

Central midfielder Chapman and right-back O’Mara, both 18, have also been named among the Gills’ substitutes in competitive fixtures this season.

“I wish them every success in the future,” Pennock said.

“They’re all eager to learn and I believe they are all capable of going on to claim a place in our starting XI before too long.”

Gillingham have also confirmed that goalkeeper Will Sykes and midfielder Sam Lawford will leave the club at the end of the season.

Other popular content

Fri, 11:53

From July to October this year, an international team based in Ramsgate will map the wreck and secure archaeological material for future generations

Fri, 11:43

Groups of six can compete against the clock to escape the ‘terrifying’ clutches of serial killers and zombies

Fri, 08:28

The former Ukip leader claimed his position as an MEP gave him a better chance to influence Brexit

Thu, 16:58

We took a trip to see how the huge development was progressing

Most Read

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The county championship campaign begins on Friday

Read more
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Legacy of London 2012 set to pull in the crowds as hundreds of players battle it out for the title - along with the University of Kent

Read more
University of Kent
Monday, February 20, 2017

The Open last played at Royal St George’s in 2011 when Darren Clarke lifted the Claret Jug

Read more
Paul Carter
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A proposed CPO to seize land around the Lions’ home ground, the Den, has been scrapped

Read more
Liberal Democrat
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The pair, who signed for the Stones last autumn, have agreed deals to remain at the Gallagher Stadium until the end of the season

Read more
Jay Saunders

Digital edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Kent's trusted business finder