Published: 17:00, 05 May 2020
| Updated: 09:16, 06 May 2020
Loan midfielder Olly Lee’s deal with Gillingham has expired.
Lee was on a deal with the Gills from Scottish Premiership side Hearts until the end of the EFL season, which should have been concluded on Sunday.
Evans thanked Hearts chairwoman Anne Budge for the way they handled Lee's return.
And he said: “Olly has been a superb loan signing.
“He was on loan until last Sunday with permission for the play-offs, until the end of May, in the event we finished in the top six.
“We all wish him the very best of luck, a top professional and a great lad.”
The player was a great addition for the club, making his debut at the end of August and scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at Priestfield.
Lee also scored an equalising goal at Sunderland in the FA Cup, one which pleased his father Rob, a former Newcastle United player, as much as anyone.
There was another equaliser against Oxford United in January, from the penalty spot, and another converted penalty in a 2-0 win over Shrewsbury later that month.
The Gills are negotiating over possible extensions for their four other players, including Southampton pair Alfie Jones and Tommy O’Connor, but there is still no confirmation as to when and even if the remainder of the season will be played.
Lee’s deal with the Gills was different to the others, in that it was an international transfer. He could yet appear for Hearts again should the SPL restart again this season or Gillingham could negotiate a new deal, if short term transfers are allowed.
For now though, while he may be in lockdown with his parents in Essex, he is back as a Hearts player.
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