Royce targets Gills stay
Simon Royce hopes to earn a new deal at Gillingham after a string of fine performances.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 12/05/09 6:42pm
Gillingham goalkeeper Simon Royce hopes to earn a new deal at Priestfield after a string of fine performances.
The 37-year-old has helped the Gills to the League Two play-off final against Shrewsbury but his contract expires at the end of the season.
He is keen to prolong his career and would welcome the opportunity to put pen-to-paper on a fresh agreement.
"I have not been offered anything yet," he said.
"I would love to stay here, I have made that clear to the manager but obviously finances dictate whether it will be here or somewhere else.
"I want to carry on playing, but if I don't get offered a contract, my last game will be at Wembley, so how bad is that?"
Striker Simeon Jackson, meanwhile, is hoping that revenge can be served on the biggest stage against Shrewsbury.
The Gills were demolished 7-0 by Paul Simpson's side earlier this season and Jackson is determined to make amends at Wembley.
He told skysports.com: "It is more about getting into League One really, but that result still hasn't left my mind and will add a little element of revenge possibly.
"Most of the lads feel the same way and it would be great to do it at Wembley and seal promotion. It truly would be the icing on the cake.
"Not everyone gets the chance to play at Wembley and we are going to soak in the atmosphere and the big occasion and hopefully enjoy the whole experience."
Jackson notched his 19th and 20th goals of the season to confirm Gillingham's place in the final, at the expense of Rochdale, and he is hoping to repeat that performance against the Shrews.
He said: "It was great to get the goals to confirm our place in the final, especially as I had been in a bit of a rough patch lately where I hadn't scored as many goals as I would have liked.
"It was a good feeling to score twice, especially at home, and hopefully we can do it one more time this season to turn a good campaign into a fantastic one."