Gills trial Spanish defender
By Simon Fudge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
GILLINGHAM have handed a week's trial to former Valencia defender Luis Lopez.
The 27-year-old is available on a free transfer and will have the opportunity to impress player-manager Andy Hessenthaler (pictured).
On the Spaniard, Hessenthaler said: "Luis has played at the very highest level in Spain and has a good reputation.
Meanwhile, the Priestfield Stadium club have given three of its youngsters new professional contracts.
Striker Andrew Crofts was given a two-year deal whilst defender Dean Beckwith and striker Jones Awuah have earned one-year deals with the Kent-based outfit.
On the club's new signings, Hessenthaler told the Gillingham official website: "We have given Andrew a two year deal because we feel that he could be another Paul Shaw.
"The other two lads have been given a year to keep them hungry - Jones has had a taste of first team football and did very well.
"Dean has been unlucky with an injury that has kept him out for the last few months but again he is a player that has impressed us."