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Gabriel Zakuani is still looking for a new club following his Gillingham exit

Gillingham’s former captain Gabriel Zakuani has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea.

He’s declared himself fit after recovering from an injury sustained while playing in Gillingham’s game against Barnsley back in February - his last for the club.

Gabriel Zakuani is keen to stay south after leaving the Gills Picture: Ady Kerry
Gabriel Zakuani is keen to stay south after leaving the Gills Picture: Ady Kerry

Zakuani, 33, left the Gills just before the transfer window closed on September 2, ensuring he was free to sign for another club, but he’s still waiting on something suitable.

Tweeting for the first time about his departure, the experienced defender thanked the Gills for “a wonderful couple of years.”

He said: “It was an absolute pleasure putting on the shirt and leading you out to war 77 games 20 clean sheets.

“I’m fully fit now and I want to thank the medical and fitness team!”

Gabriel Zakuani with his last challenge for the Gills, against Barnsley's Kieffer Moore, leaving both men injured long-term Picture: Ady Kerry
Gabriel Zakuani with his last challenge for the Gills, against Barnsley's Kieffer Moore, leaving both men injured long-term Picture: Ady Kerry

Zakuani had initially been confident of returning for pre-season, having picked up an ankle injury against Barnsley, following a collision with Kieffer Moore.

He’s had enquiries, but jokingly said: “Why is it only clubs up north ringing down my phone?

“No demand for no nonsense Row Z Tony Pulis style clean sheets in the South or what? Come and get me.”

Gabriel Zakuani wins a header for the Gills against Blackpool Picture: Ady Kerry
Gabriel Zakuani wins a header for the Gills against Blackpool Picture: Ady Kerry

Zakuani enjoyed success with Stoke City under former Gills manager Pulis, helping them to win promotion to the Premier League. He joined the Gills in the summer of 2017 and was made captain by former boss Steve Lovell,, describing him as “a leader, a winner and highly respected.”

Current boss Steve Evans opted to hand the captaincy to Max Ehmer this summer, while Zakuani was still recovering from his injury.

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