Stuart Nelson 'had to fight' to remain at Gillingham

Stuart Nelson
Stuart Nelson made 30 appearances for Gillingham last season before being dropped in March

Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson says he had to battle over the summer to regain his place in the starting XI.

The 33-year-old was dropped in March by Gills manager Justin Edinburgh, who had been looking to offload the keeper during the close season.

However, Nelson's attitude in pre-season led to Edinburgh performing a u-turn, and he has started all six games so far in the new campaign.

"I wasn't going to give up my place at this club without a fight," he said.

Speaking to BBC Radio Kent, he added: "It is history now but the bottom line is I never asked to leave and I never wanted to leave.

"I have worked hard since I have been here, loved every minute of it and the fans have been unbelievable with me.

"I wasn't going to let that go. I am pleased I have now got myself back in the fold."

Nelson was replaced by Glenn Morris in the first team in mid-March, just one month after Edinburgh's appointment as Gillingham boss.

Former Brentford and Leyton Orient keeper Nelson had been established as first choice at Priestfield since his arrival from Notts County in the summer of 2012.

"I have never had a problem with the gaffer and there has never been a falling out, like people tried to make out," said Nelson.

"When the new manager came in and I wasn't playing, people started asking questions and making their own assumptions.

"For whatever reason I wasn't playing at the end of the season but that is not for me to speculate on."