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Gillingham boss Peter Taylor adds former Arsenal youngster and Dagenham player Gavin Hoyte to his Priestfield squad

19 August 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Gillingham's new signing Gavin Hoyte

Gillingham's new signing Gavin Hoyte

Gillingham have bolstered their squad with the signing of Gavin Hoyte on a five-month contract.

Right-back Hoyte, 24, is a product of Arsenal’s academy, but spent the last two years at Dagenham & Redbridge.

He has joined the Gills on a deal until January 18.

Boss Peter Taylor said: "I'm pleased to have Gavin on board. He's trained with us for a couple of weeks and has a lot of games under his belt."

Hoyte was on trial with Southend United over the summer after rejecting a new contract with Dagenham.

He had been with the Daggers for two seasons, signing on for them in 2012 following his release from Arsenal, playing 68 Football League matches.

He made his one and only Arsenal league appearance in November 2008, starting in a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City. His three other appearances for the north London side were in the Carling Cup.

Loan spells at Watford, Brighton, Lincoln and AFC Wimbledon followed before joining being released in 2012.

Hoyte played youth football for England but in the summer appeared for Trinidad & Tobago during their tour of South America, with games against Argentina and Iran.

In June he was a substitute against Argentina, who were preparing for the World Cup, coming up against the likes of Lionel Messi.

He could be involved on Tuesday night against Swindon, if registered in time, but Taylor does have Matt Fish as an option at right back. Fish came through Saturday's game unscathed after recovering from a knee injury.

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