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By Luke Cawdell

Name: Gabriel Zakuani Position: Defender

The no-nonsense central defender was a popular player with former club Peterborough United and spent a season with Northampton before making the switch to Gillingham in the summer of 2017. Earlier in his career he enjoyed a loan spell at Stoke City under Tony Pulis, helping them win promotion to the Premier League. The DR Congo international captain joined to add much-needed experience to a Gills defence who struggled in the 2016/17 campaign.

Gabriel Zakuani. Picture: Andy Payton

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Joined: June 2017

Squad number: 6

Date of birth: 31 May 1986

Former teams: Leyton Orient, Fulham, Stoke City (loan), Peterborough, Kalloni (Greece), Peterborough, Northampton.

Born: Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Fascinating fact: Gabriel let victims of the Grenfell Tower fire live at his house in London. He once appeared in a Dizzee Rascal music video.

Gabriel Zakuani on his Gills debut at Doncaster in August 2017. Picture: Ady Kerry
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