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Striker Tom Eaves sends a message to Gillingham fans as he ends his stay at Priestfield

Tom Eaves has confirmed his Gillingham departure in a heartfelt message.

The striker has spent the last two seasons with the Gills but has rejected a new deal at the club.

It has long been known that Eaves was likely to depart this summer but that is now a definite, with his next destination to be announced soon.

Tom Eaves has spent the last two seasons with the Gills Picture: Ady Kerry
Tom Eaves has spent the last two seasons with the Gills Picture: Ady Kerry

Eaves, who has scored 40 goals over the last two seasons for the Gills, took to twitter to say goodbye.

"The time has come to finally say goodbye to Gillingham Football Club," he said.

"I started the journey at this club always holding the ambition to play as high as I can, something ingrained in me since the beginning of my career. The opportunity to do so has now presented itself, one which wouldn’t have done so without the support of you, the fans."

He joined the club from Yeovil Town on a free when Ady Pennock was manager. It was a move that Eaves said reignited his passion for the game.

He continued: "I must start by saying a huge thankyou to all of you for welcoming me with open arms and showing me the love and loyalty you have the past two seasons. You have truly reignited my love and passion for the game again!

Tom Eaves was keen to thank his team-mates after announcing his departure Picture: Ady Kerry
Tom Eaves was keen to thank his team-mates after announcing his departure Picture: Ady Kerry

"I just hope you understand my decision to move on.

"I must thank Ady Pennock and Peter Taylor and the chairman for bringing me to the club, not to mention Steve Lovell, Patto, James Russell, Gary Hemens, the medical team and all staff involved at the club.

"Last but not least I want to thank my team-mates. We have demanded from one another the past two seasons and I can honestly say the dressing room has been the most enjoyable place to come and work.

"I have truly made some friends for life and can honestly say I will always be a Gills supporter. Up the GIlls!

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