Published: 13:10, 30 July 2019
| Updated: 13:07, 31 July 2019
Matt Jarvis is back training with the Gills.
The winger played for Gillingham between 2003 and 2007, making over 100 league appearances for the club.
He made a big-money move to Wolves from Priestfield and played Premier League football for them, West Ham and Norwich and won an England cap along the way.
Now 33, Jarvis is without a club but will be hoping to win a deal at the place where it all began.
Gills boss Steve Evans said: "Matt asked if he could come in and train, and of course, he has been magnificent here.
"He’s trained for a few days now but it would be far too early for me to be judgmental and make a call.
"I told him I would like to see a bit more of a few things and he has taken it onboard. We will see him again in training."
Having been released by Millwall as a youngster, Jarvis earned a pro deal at the Gills and made his league debut in November 2003, at the age of 17, against Sunderland.
He would go onto become a popular player at the Gills, exciting fans with his pace and trickery on the wing, along with some memorable goals. It would also eventually lead to a £600,000 move to Wolves.
During his time at Molineux Jarvis won an England cap, coming off the bench against Ghana.
The Gills made plenty more money out of the Wolves deal thanks to add-ons and Martin Allen’s preparations for the 2012/13 season got a boost when Jarvis’ £7.5m move to West Ham landed the club with a financial boost, courtesy of a sell-on fee.
Allen spoke that season about the moment the deal went through. He was having a meal with chairman Paul Scally.
Gills’ title-winning boss said: “We were looking at the menu, thinking about having sausage and mash, and then we heard the deal had gone through for Jarvis and we all started looking at the king prawns and fillet steaks. It was like ch-ching.”
Three years later he moved to Norwich City, initially on loan before making a £2.5m switch, and was playing well until his career took a nosedive because of injury, picked up towards the end of the 2015/16 season.
Injury complications led to him playing just one EFL Trophy match the following season. He didn’t play at all in the 2017/18 campaign but managed to make a return in January 5, 2019, playing on loan for Walsall.
Speaking about his injury hell, he said: “Not being able to do what you’re paid and love to do is the worst thing. It’s incredibly tough.” He underwent ankle and knee operations before finally getting the green light to play again.
One of his best games during his 10 appearances for Walsall was against his former club, Gillingham. His performance down the wing at Priestfield that day left the Gills fans once again in awe of the player’s quality.
Steve Evans watched that game too and was impressed, but shortly after taking over at Priestfield, the manager seemed to scotch the idea of a move for Jarvis when asked about the likelihood of him joining.
Both Evans and chairman Paul Scally had made it clear that they were only keen on players who were free from injury problems and could last the distance.
Jarvis, who was released by Norwich at the end of last season, may feel he has a point to prove on that regard. The Gills may be able to come to an agreement with the free agent to ensure that they are covered if any injury problems recur, should Evans feel he has something to offer.