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Gillingham manager Peter Taylor pleased to boost defensive cover with signing of versatile former Arsenal youngster Gavin Hoyte

21 August 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor is pleased with the signing of former Arsenal academy player Gavin Hoyte Picture Barry Goodwin

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor is pleased with the signing of former Arsenal academy player Gavin Hoyte Picture: Barry Goodwin

Peter Taylor says he's delighted with the signing of Trinidad & Tobago international defender Gavin Hoyte.

Hoyte made his debut for the Gills on Tuesday in the 2-2 draw with Swindon after agreeing a short-term deal.

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

He was on trial with Southend over the summer after rejecting a new contract with Dagenham. With injuries in the full-back area, Taylor decided to act and handed Hoyte a deal until January 18.

The Gills boss said: “He isn’t 100% fit at the minute. He has been away playing with Trinidad and hasn’t had a real pre-season, but once he gets 100% fit people will see what an athlete he is. I am pleased to have him.

“We needed some cover. He can play left-back and right-back and he showed how well he can do. He has trained with us for two weeks and it’s great we have him.

“People I knew at Dagenham and Redbridge all spoke exceptionally highly of him. I was pleased with him (on Tuesday).

“He has been training with us for a couple of weeks and has got good experience. He can play in a couple of positions, so that will be handy.”

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