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Gillingham part ways with defender Barry Fuller

Barry Fuller has reached an agreement with the Gills over his exit from the club.

The 35-year-old defender triggered an additional year at the club for 2020/21, as part of the contract he agreed when returning in 2018, but current boss Steve Evans told the player he wouldn’t be part of the plans this coming season.

Barry Fuller has agreed a deal to leave Gillingham
Barry Fuller has agreed a deal to leave Gillingham

Evans has recently brought in Ryan Jackson to fill the right-back slot and Fuller has agreed to move on in a bid to prolong his footballing career.

Fuller returned to the Gills two years ago after five years with Wimbledon and he had a great first season, winning the player-of-the-year trophy after a solid season under Steve Lovell’s tenure.

He featured regularly again during the curtailed 2019/20 season under Evans, making another 35 appearances, his last in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

The popular Ashford-based defender was in his second spell for the club, having previously captained the Gills to play-off success at Wembley in 2009. He leaves after making over 200 league appearances for the club.

News of Fuller's exit comes a day after Mark Byrne announced he wouldn't be returning to the Gills, as he looks set to take up an offer to join a club in his native Ireland.

Gills chairman Paul Scally said: "I would like to place on record my thanks and best wishes to Barry Fuller who has been a consummate professional throughout his two spells with the club.

"He has been a terrific servant, a huge asset to the dressing room and we all wish him the very best of luck for the future."

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