League Two preview: Gillingham

Chris Whelpdale
Chris Whelpdale (right) scored 12 times in the league last year as Gillingham pushed for promotion. Photo: PA

Manager: Martin Allen

Position last season: 8th

Nickname: The Gills

Ground: Priestfield Stadium

Capacity: 11,582

Players in: Stuart Nelson (Notts County, free), Charlie Allen (Notts County, free), Ben Strevens (Wycombe, free), Tommy Forecast (Southampton, loan), Tom Flanagan (MK Dons, loan), Deon Burton (Gabala FC, free)

Players out: Garry Richards (Luton, free), Dean Rance (Dover, free), Dennis Oli (Wycombe, free), Jo Kuffour, Matt Lawrence, Danny Spiller and Curtis Weston (all released), Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton, undisclosed), Simon King (Inverness, free)

Key man: Chris Whelpdale

Chances: Confidence is high at the Priestfield ahead of the new season, with new manager Allen looking to improve on Gillingham's eighth-placed finish last season. Former boss Andy Hessenthaler is now director of football at the club who finished just two points off the play-offs last year.