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Gillingham have signed former Northampton Town striker Vadaine Oliver

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Gillingham boss Steve Evans has added another striker to the ranks.

Vadaine Oliver becomes his second summer addition after rejecting the chance to stay with League 2 play-off winners Northampton Town.

Gillingham boss Steve Evans has added a striker to the club's ranks
Gillingham boss Steve Evans has added a striker to the club's ranks

The 6ft 2inch front-man was with the Cobblers for the 2019/20 season in League 2, scoring four goals in 19 league starts, including one in the play-off semi-final second leg win over Cheltenham Town.

He also started in the final at Wembley in June, helping Northampton to a 4-0 win over Exeter City, and was offered a new deal by the club.

But the Gills have persuaded him to play for them next season.

Evans said: “He is a real enthusiastic front player who can play not just centrally. He is a really good asset. He is a real handful and our supporters will take to him.”

The player said he had several offers in League 1 but was looking forward to life at Gillingham.

Speaking to the club website, he said: “I had a few offers from League 1 clubs but as soon as I came down and spoke to the manager and heard his plans for the club, it was a no brainer for me.

“As a footballer you want to be successful and be in a team that is looking for that big push. To take me to that next level I thought it was the right decision.”

Town boss Keith Curle said: “We thank Vadaine for his efforts and wish him well

"I have loved working with him, but we will only make offers to players that we believe are fair and reasonable and if they choose to take them and want to be part of the club then that's great, but if not then we say our goodbyes and move on.

"I think we helped improve and develop Vadaine's game, as we have with a number of players, and we wish him well on his journey.”

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