Published: 10:40, 16 June 2016
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.
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.
“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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