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Former Chelsea and Sunderland youngster Billy Knott signs for Gillingham after release from Bradford City

By Luke Cawdell

Midfielder Billy Knott has joined Gillingham.

The former Chelsea trainee was released by Bradford City this summer and arrives at Priestfield on a free, signing a two year deal.

Knott’s arrival comes just 24 hours after the announcement that fellow midfielder Mark Byrne had joined the club.

Gillingham's new signing Billy Knott
Gillingham's new signing Billy Knott

The 23-year-old has been with Bradford for the past two seasons and played against the Gills twice during the previous campaign, helping the club earn a play-off place in League 1.

The previous season he had been part of the club’s famous FA Cup run, that included beating his former club Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge in the fourth round.

Gills boss Justin Edinburgh said: “I am delighted with the signing and when someone of his quality became available, I was first to make contact.

Billy Knott (11) in action for Bradford against the Gills last season Picture: Barry Goodwin
Billy Knott (11) in action for Bradford against the Gills last season Picture: Barry Goodwin

“I met the boy and showed him around the club and he knows what we are about.

“He came up against us a couple of times last year and he liked the way we played and knew what we were about as a football club and as a team.

“He is a very creative goalscoring midfielder. He is a very good deadball specialist, he knows this level very well and is a very bright talent.”

Knott made one substitute appearance for Sunderland during a three year stay and as a youngster featured for England in the under-16, under-17 and under-20 sides.

He had loan spells at AFC Wimbledon, Woking, Wycombe and Port Vale before making a permanent move to Bradford in 2014.

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