Gills tie up double deal

Vernon and Fry arrive at Priestfield on month-long loans

Vernon: Needs matches

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Gillingham have completed the double loan signing of Colchester United striker Scott Vernon and West Ham United defender Matt Fry.

Priestfield boss Mark Stimson has been looking to improve his options and has added Vernon and Fry to his squad ahead of Saturday's game at MK Dons.

Vernon scored in Colchester's 2-1 win over Gillingham back in August, but has not played a first-team game for the past month.

Colchester boss Aidy Boothroyd believes the 26-year-old, who turned down a move to Carlisle United in the summer, will benefit from his time with Gillingham.

"Scott goes with our best wishes to get some games and to get himself fit," Boothroyd told the club's official website.

"While he is down there, there is a chance that he can help our cause if he scores against other rival teams. If he comes back in a month's time, he will be match sharp and ready to go.

"Equally, if Gillingham decide that they want to extend it after that first month and that's something Scott would want, then we will look at that."

Fry, meanwhile, is capable of playing at left-back and centre-half, and signed his first professional contract at West Ham in the summer.