Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he is willing to give former Nottingham Forest and Bristol City midfielder Simon Gillett a chance to impress, after he joined the club on trial just before the weekend. The 28 year old teamed up with the Glovers for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Reading, playing the first hour of the match, seven years after a short loan spell at Huish Park whilst he was a Southampton player.
Johnson also fielded another familiar face in left-winger Andy Welsh, who had to leave the field at half time due to a head injury and speaking after the game he thought both players looked the part in what they did:
"They're two good footballers. Andy couldn't last any longer than the one half because of his head. Simon hasn't played for a little while and has been training on his own. So he did well to last an hour or so. We were pleased with him. I know him well. I think there are parts of his game that I can help with, but he's a good footballer - they both are. So we wanted to give them the opportunity to show us that they can still be a part of a League One winning group."
Gillett became a free agent at the end of last season when Forest decided to release him as part of a mass clear-out by new manager Stuart Pearce, and surprisingly has yet to find himself a new club, despite having plenty of experience at both Championship and League One level. Johnson said he wanted to see more of him given that he had only just arrived in South Somerset:
"We needed that type of player and so we gave him an opportunity to see what he could do. If he wants to stick around for a little while longer, then I'm sure he'll get that opportunity to keep impressing. We won't make that decision after a day-and-a-bit, as he's only trained once and played once. But of course I know him very well. He's not a young lad, and he's been around and played against my teams many times, and he's still got something in there that can help someone - and that could be us."
Link: Simon Gillett : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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