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Gillingham sign former Rangers and St Mirren defender Lee Hodson

By Matthew Panting

Gills boss Steve Evans has made his third signing since taking over at Priestfield - and it's another defender.

Gillingham have already completed a permanent move for Connor Ogilvie and keeper Jack Bonham joined on Tuesday after being released by Brentford.

Their latest recruit is Lee Hodson, who predominantly plays at right-back. He has penned a two-year deal at Priestfield.

Lee Hodson has signed for Gillingham. Picture: Gillingham FC
Lee Hodson has signed for Gillingham. Picture: Gillingham FC

The 27-year-old has spent the last three seasons in Scotland on the books of Rangers, although he spent last season on loan at St Mirren.

Hodson impressed in helping St Mirren maintain their top-flight status and reports in Scotland suggested that they were keen to make the move a permanent one.

Instead it was Evans who tempted Hodson with a move back down south, having left MK Dons in 2016 to join Rangers on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Evans said: "He’s a very, very accomplished stylish attacking player. He has signed as a right-back but has experience at left-back and across the midfield four.

“He's a player I have wanted to work with for a couple of seasons, I tried to do something at Peterborough last season but it wasn’t to be.

"I’m delighted he has decided to apply his trade here.”

Hodson, a full Northern Ireland international with 24 caps, said: “I’m looking forward to getting started. It’s a club that has ambitions and I want to be a part of it.

“It’s a nice family club; I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait to meet the lads and get started.”

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