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    Kentera

    Cantera, literally meaning "quarry" in Spanish, is a term used in Spain to refer to youth academies and farm teams organized by sports clubs. It is also used to refer to the geographical area that clubs recruit players from.

    After over 20 years as Gillingham chairman, Paul Scally has changed mindset of the club changing of the club to match a Spanish cantera. Years of spending his own personal fortune to keep the club afloat and not getting the support of being the only league club in Kent, Scally has decided to create his own version of the cantera made famous by Athletic Bilbao. And so begins the birth of the Kentera.

    New man in the dugout, Dermotron has been given the full backing of Scally but has the following rules to adhere to.

    * Only sign players born in Kent
    * Don't need to sell players but can't re-sign new contracts of non-Kent players in the squad
    * Only sign players brought through youth teams at clubs in Kent (Gillingham, Dover, Ebbsfleet, Maidstone, Welling, Margate, Folkestone, Tonbridge, Dartford, Erith, Ramsgate, Chatham, Sittingbourne, Deal)


    At first glance there are slim pickings in terms of Kent born players. Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon), Sammy Moore (Leyton Orient) and Dave Martin (Stevenage) appear to be the only Football League players to fit the criteria. Technically we could sign Chris Smalling but that's not going to happen anytime soon. A full scout report of players will follow.


    The Gillingham squad itself has some decent players to get the new endeavour off the ground and should have just enough quality to break into top half of the table. Paul Konchesky, Chris Herd, Jamie O'Hara, Frank Nouble and Scott Wagstaff being the pick of the bunch. 29 man squad of which 5 are loans should be enough if we can't add a few more Kent born players.

    Good news is O'Hara is from Dartford so we can keep him awhile longer if he's interested. Maybe we'll find a few more in the squad.

    EDIT: Jake Hessenthaler is ok too. As is Scott Wagstaff. Callum Davies joins the ranks.







    Let's go Gills
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    Scout Report #1

    Danny Kedwell (Ebbsfleet) 33 - SC
    Doug Loft (Colchester) 29 - DL *
    Joe Pigott (Cambridge Utd) 22 - SC
    Sean McGinty (Torquay) 22 - DLC
    Dean Rance (Ebbsfleet) 24 - MC
    Mike West (Ebbsfleet) 25 - FRC
    Shea Breakspear (Manchester 62) 24 - DRC
    Lewis Thompson (Norwich) 21 - DMC *
    Ashley Miller (Bishop's Stortford) 24 - DR
    Sam Gore (Ramsgate) 27 - D/DML
    Matthew Godden (Stevenage) 24 - SC
    Laurence Ball (Margate) 31 - DR
    Josh Staunton (Dag & Red) 21 - DC
    Luke Freeman (Bristol City) 24 - AM/FC *
    Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) 25 - MC
    John Akinde (Barnet) 27 - SC *
    Jason Hicks (Melbourne Knights) 26 - DM/F RLC
    Ben May (Bromley) 32 - SC
    Jack Payne (Blackpool) 25 - MC *
    Sam Walker (Colchester) 24 - GK *
    Andy Pugh (Dartford) 27 - SC
    Ritchie Branagan (Macclesfield) 24 - GK
    Alex Woodyard (Lincoln) 23 - MC
    Craig Stone (Eastbourne) 27 - D/M RC
    Luke Moore (Margate) 28 - AM RLC
    Sam Mott (East Thurrock) 27 - GK
    Matt Fry (York) 25 - D/DML
    Jack Evans (Maidstone) 23 - DR
    Mitchell Pinnock (Dover) 21 - AML
    Chris Kinnear (Dover) 26 - MRC

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    Scout Report #2

    Ryan Huddart (Arsenal) 21 - GK
    Lee Hook (Dover) 37 - GK
    Chris Solly (Charlton) 25 - DR *
    Henry Muggeridge (Tonbridge) 22 - DRC
    Connor Essam (Eastleight) 24 - DC
    Paul Jones (Norwich) 30 - GK *
    Luke Blewden (Tonbridge) 25 - SC
    Billy Jones (Gloucester) 33 - DL
    Gavin Tomlin (Crawley) 33 - FLC
    Sean Raggett (Lincon) 22 - DC


    And that's the lot for season one. A couple of interesting non-players came up, a couple of Gary's, messr's Brazil and Pallister

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    This should be interesting.

    * Only sign players born in Kent
    * Only sign players brought through youth teams at clubs in Kent (Gillingham, Dover, Ebbsfleet, Maidstone, Welling, Margate, Folkestone, Tonbridge, Dartford, Erith, Ramsgate, Chatham, Sittingbourne, Deal)

    Is there an 'and' or an 'or' relationship between these two rules. Confuses me a little.

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    Players born in Kent can be found using the advanced search on transfermarkt e.g. Gillingham returns this





    The second bit should possibly say only youth players from those clubs after season one i.e. any player that starts with a history as 2017/18. In theory I could go through all those clubs and find current players who came through but A. it's a lot of research and B. makes things a little too easy imo. Season one shouldn't be too bad since I can use all the current squad players not born in Kent until their contract runs out or they are sold.

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    Is Jon Harley still in the DB?

    A nice Gills save just after I leave town.

    And from experience, Paul Scally never gave anyone his full backing!!

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    Yeah he's at Maidstone. Figured he'd likely retire before I got a chance to sign him

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    Dermo doing a story!

    I shall be following

    Any way you can sign Liverpool's Ryan Kent?!

    Couple of decent older heads on Konches and O'Hara in squad (his ex missus a bit bonkers but still decent on the eye)

    Emmanual Thomas always has potential and Nouble was beastly for about 2 games at West Ham(?!) back in the day

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    Nice to see you doing a story. Sounds like it's going to be a real challenge, so I wish you the very best of luck. You may need it.

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    La Trequartista



    Last edited by Dermotron; 03-11-16 at 09:15 PM.

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    I cannot see the pic on IE or Chrome - anyone else?

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    Photobucket is down, again

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    Great idea this is...

    Good luck i look forward to seeing your adventure with this one,,,

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    Cheers mate. This will be a slow burner but will keep tipping away at it

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    What formation are you going to use. Really like the idea. Looking forward to following this!

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    All will be revealed

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    Dack looks decent - am sure I have heard of him before - whats his previous clubs?

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    Used to be in the Charlton youth system but hasn't played for anyone else.
    My nephew knows him through working with him on sport in south east London/North Kent. Nice bloke.

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