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Three To Watch: The trio of Gillingham players out to send Sunderland’s fans home unhappy today

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We take a look at the three Gillingham players out to further destroy Sunderland’s confidence this afternoon in Kent - will we keep them at bay, or will we leave with nothing once again?

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Brandon Hanlan

19/20 Games/Goals: 22/5

A former Charlton Atheltic academy product, Hanlon moved to the Gills last summer and was named their young player of the year in his debut season.

Still a youngster at only 22, Hanlon formed a fantastic partnership with top-scorer Tom Eaves last term and has continued his form into this season - despite being forced to alter his game following the departure of his strike partner to Hull City.

He started the season alongside Alex Jakubiak, but has since looked a better fit with former Sunderland man Mika Mandron in recent weeks.

A powerful and determined striker, he is highly rated by fans of the Dorset club and has already scored against us once this season.


Mika Mandron

19/20 Games/Goals: 13/2

The former Sunderland academy player seems to be finding his feet at Priestfield after impressing boss Steve Evans on a summer trial.

Born in France, ‘Mika’ arrived at Gillingham on a free-transfer following a relatively successful spell at League Two Colchester that saw him notch twelve goals across two seasons at the Community Stadium following a move from Championship side Wigan.

Whilst Mandron’s career has been slightly nomadic since his Stadium of Light release, it looks like he’s finding a home alongside star man Brandon Hanlon now he is returning to match fitness.


Jack Bonham

19/20 Games/Clean Sheets: 18/5

A bargain free transfer in the summer, the former Brentford goalkeeper has been one of Gillingham’s best performers this season. Despite losing key player Tomas Holy in the summer, Bonham’s performances have meant they have not felt the loss of the Ipswich Town stopper much, if at all.

Coming through the ranks at Watford, Bonham took the move across London to Brentford in 2013 and took in no less than three loan spells during his time at the club. It was his spell at Carlisle that was the keeper’s most impressive period, however, where he kept an excellent 14 clean sheets.

After spending last season on loan at Bristol Rovers, he was snapped up by new boss Steve Evans and has more than repaid the faith shown by the former Posh boss.