Neal Ardley has brought Gillingham defender Adam Barratt in on loan following an injury to Andy Frampton during the club’s pre-season training camp.
Barratt, who captained Gillingham to the title in 2013, has been identified as a short-term solution to the problem and will remain at Kingsmeadow until October 4.
Ardley told the club’s official website: “We had a devastating blow with Andy Frampton’s injury and we looked at various options, including bringing in a younger, athletic defender.
“But we felt that we still needed someone with similar qualities to Andy and the leadership that he brings. Adam understands the game and is a leader of men.
“He is a great talker too and is also a left footer the same as Andy so he is a great signing for us.”
A new left-back remains on his summer shopping list.