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Ex-Gillingham midfielder Darren Oldaker leaves Hythe Town for Dorking Wanderers


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Former Gillingham midfielder Darren Oldaker is on the move after leaving Hythe.

Oldaker has left Reachfields for National South club Dorking Wanderers, linking up with ex-Gills team-mate Barry Fuller.

Darren Oldaker's final Hythe appearance came against Whitstable at the weekend Picture: Randolph File
Darren Oldaker's final Hythe appearance came against Whitstable at the weekend Picture: Randolph File

He’s the first player to depart the Cannons since manager Steve Watt resigned last week.

The 22-year-old had no shortage of offers, according to caretaker boss Nathan Elder.

“DJ probably had a thousand options, his phone didn’t stop ringing,” said Elder.

“He’d been out of the game for a little and had lost his love for football before coming here but Watty got him back to his old self.

“We saw a big difference in him in terms of when he first arrived to when he left.

“He was back to the DJ we know and love.

Darren Oldaker left Gillingham three years ago Picture: Ady Kerry
Darren Oldaker left Gillingham three years ago Picture: Ady Kerry

“It was inevitable he would get snapped up and I’m absolutely positive he’ll go higher again - he’s a major talent.

“DJ is a stark reminder that in football we need to look after the young lads a little bit more.

“Things have changed since my day, goodness me, and it is important they’re looked after.”

Oldaker was handed his Gillingham debut by Justin Edinburgh, aged 17, in a League 1 game at Scunthorpe, in August 2016.

He made 33 appearances for the Gills, scoring five goals, before his contract was terminated by mutual consent three years ago, in the early months of Steve Evans’ reign.

Oldaker had a brief spell with Billericay before joining Hythe and also played for Welling, then managed by another of his former Gillingham bosses, Steve Lovell.

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