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Striker Vadaine Oliver confirms his Gillingham departure after the club's relegation to League 2


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Striker Vadaine Oliver has confirmed his time with Gillingham is up.

Oliver, 30, has spent the past two seasons with the Gills but it’s understood he’s keen to play closer to his northern roots.

Vadaine Oliver is moving on after two years at Gillingham Picture: Andy Jones
Vadaine Oliver is moving on after two years at Gillingham Picture: Andy Jones

His free transfer move to Priestfield proved a good move for the club, capturing a striker who was a powerhouse in the air, scoring 31 goals in his two seasons.

The first of his two years was his best, finishing the season with 20 goals, benefitting from the service provided by wingman Jordan Graham.

This season has been more of a struggle, however, with Graham moving to Birmingham and the supply drying up. Despite the lack of service, he still managed an impressive 11 goals in a team that struggled in the attacking third all season.

He had offers to leave the Gills at times in those two seasons, including in January, but the club opted to keep him.

Vadaine Oliver celebrates a goal for Gillingham Picture: Andy Jones
Vadaine Oliver celebrates a goal for Gillingham Picture: Andy Jones

Now out of contract, Oliver has taken the decision to leave, confirming his departure on social media.

He wrote: “It’s been a rollercoaster of (a) journey great highs but sadly it didn’t finish how we wanted it to but I’ve loved my time at The Gills.

“I’d like to thank all my team-mates and staff from both seasons & the fans you’ve been amazing throughout, I’ll miss you all take care “Big V””

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