Keeper keen to keep place in League One next season.

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Gillingham stopper Stuart Nelson will not be putting his feet up this summer as he looks to retain his number one spot in the squad in League One.

The keeper has been rested for the final game of the season at Burton Albion on Saturday, and apart from a short break in Egypt he will be training hard this summer to make sure he is ready for life in League One next season.

“I’ve got a little trip to Egypt with my wife, that will be a nice break. Then it will be back to it,” said the 31-year-old.

“I look at the summer as a chance to build on things I can’t do in the season. I think if you have a stop too long and put your feet up someone will take your place.

“No longer do players just get on it and drink for six weeks, and come back. You can’t. We have got a game on the first Saturday back in pre-season. As soon as I land back in UK I will be back on it.”

Nelson dropped down to League Two for the first time in his career with the Gills last season following his release from Notts County, and he sees no reason why the club cannot push for more success next season.

“This is a club that’s going places, and I saw that when I came here,” he said. “It can only go from strength to strength, and I want to be a part of that.

“I’ve played the majority of my career in League One, there’s not a massive gap. Teams have stepped up and done well. Stevenage have done well, Swindon are up there. It’s an obvious thing that can be done.”

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