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Former QPR and Red Star Belgrade frontman Josh Parker joins Gillingham

By Luke Cawdell

Ady Pennock has added pace to his Gillingham squad with the signing of Josh Parker.

Gillingham completed the deal on Saturday, signing the 26-year-old on a contract until the end of the season.

Parker is the second player to arrive since Pennock took over as Gills' head coach. He follows keeper Tomas Holy into the club.

Gills chairman Paul Scally with new signing Josh Parker Picture GFC

Gills chairman Paul Scally with new signing Josh Parker Picture: GFC

The new arrival, who began his career at QPR, can play on the wing or upfront and joins after a successful trial.

He had recently played for Serbian outfit Red Star Belgrade and Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.

Parker, who plays internationally for Antigua and Barbuda, recently appeared for non-league side Wealdstone and is glad to be back playing in England.

He said: “It feels refreshing to be back in English football.

“I'm hard-working, I'm quick, I'm extremely passionate and I hope to bring those qualities into my performances for Gillingham.

 "I love playing as a striker, but I know in football that managers like to use players across the pitch, so I'm ready to do a job for the club wherever and whenever I'm needed."

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Parker has previously had spells with Oldham, Dagenham & Redbridge and Oxford United and a stint with Slovenian side Domzale, which led to him joining Serbian SuperLiga side Red Star.

Gills boss Pennock hopes he can get the best out of the new arrival. 

“I wanted to give him a chance," Pennock said.

"He's a player of great quality, he's extremely quick, but perhaps he's not showed what he's about at his previous clubs.

"We'll be working hard with him to try and get his ability out, as he'll be an asset to the team if he does. The ball's in his court, and we all want him to deliver."

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