Gillingham midfielder Josh Chambers in contract talks after trials with Tottenham
According to Kent Online, Gillingham’s 18-year-old midfielder Josh Chambers is set for new contract talks with the club after initially refusing a deal and trialling with Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Chambers was offered a new deal after making his debut for the senior side in League 2 however the midfielder wanted to explore his options before committing to the club.
For that purpose, he appeared for Tottenham Hotspur’s development side in pre-season but the midfielder was not offered a deal for a permanent stay at the club.
Now with no concrete interest from any top club, it seems like the midfielder has accepted that Gillingham is the best place for him to continue his development and hence are in talks with the club over a new deal.
The League two outfit is also desperately in search of a midfielder after injuries to first-team players in Olly Lee and Dom Jefferies providing a perfect opportunity for Chambers to fight for a starting spot.
Manager Neil Harris is impressed with the midfielder and admits there is no bad taste over the player’s initial refusal to sign a new contract.
“We offered him a pro contract to stay, he chose to keep his options open.
My relationship with him has been very pure and good. He is a player we feel we can develop.”
Clearly, the midfielder has made a mark on the manager and it would be wise to say that the move suits the best interest of all parties.
Spurs have developed a world-class academy with the recruitment of top talents and a number of such talents are breaking or soon would be breaking into the senior side.
The likes of Japhet Tanganga, Troy Parrott and Dane Scarlett are a few of the many emerging talents coming out and it is clear to see why it would be tough for players like Chambers to break into the academy squad and eventually the senior side.
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Oliver Skipp and Harry Winks are two names that have emerged from the academy with the likes of Matthew Craig expected to follow. If Chambers can’t match those standards, there was no point keeping him on our books.