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Gillingham announce that midfielder Regan Charles-Cook has decided to join Scottish Premier League side Ross County

Midfielder Regan Charles-Cook has rejected the chance to extend his stay at Gillingham.

The 23-year-old has instead joined Scottish Premier League side Ross County on a two year deal.

Regan Charles-Cook celebrates his goal against Blackpool
Regan Charles-Cook celebrates his goal against Blackpool

Regan Charles-Cook was one of four senior players believed to have been offered new terms last week following the curtailment of the 2019/20 season.

Gills assistant manager Paul Raynor, however, admitted no actual deal was on the table for the midfielder.

He said: "We are delighted for Regan. We wanted to keep him but we weren’t in a position to actually put numbers to him and give him a concrete offer as such although we would have done at some point in the next few days or next week.

"He has chosen to ply his trade in Scotland. Good luck to him."

Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell said: “Regan is a player we are really excited about. He is young, hungry and is looking to really push himself on and these are qualities we are looking for.

“If you look at some of the experience, he has for such a young player, Regan has competed at a good level and we hope he can bring that here. The Scottish Premiership will be another step up for him, but we will work hard with him to make sure he can achieve at this level.

“We have tried to take in some younger players this summer with a bit of experience that have that desire to want to push on and we are really happy to get Regan on board, who we feel ticks those boxes.”

The player has been with the Gills for the past two years following his exit from Charlton Athletic.

He made 21 appearances last season under Steve Evans and showed his quality with a great finish against Blackpool in a thrilling February fixture.

Charles-Cook also scored in the 2-1 defeat to Wimbledon while hitting the winner against Accrington Stanley earlier on in the campaign.

He leaves the club after making 41 league appearances over the past two season, half of which came off the bench.

Despite being on an expiring deal the club could have been in line for compensation, as the player is under 24, but only if a new offer had been put to the player, which Raynor says was not.

Last week reports suggested Max Ehmer could also be leaving after interest from League 1 rivals Bristol Rovers.

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