Powerful striker Nouble rejoined the Gills on a short-term deal on October 3. The London-born forward, who began his career at Chelsea, had previously scored five goals in 13 games for the club during a loan spell between September and December 2011.
Nouble rejected an offer to turn professional with Chelsea in July 2009, and instead signed a five-year deal with West Ham. He made his professional debut in the east London club’s 2-0 victory over Wolves on the opening day of the 2009/10 Premier League season, but ended the campaign with loan spells at West Brom and Swindon Town.
Further loans at Swansea City (September to October 2010), Charlton Athletic (March to May 2011) and Barnsley (March to April 2012) followed. Nouble was released by West Ham in June 2012, having made 19 appearances and scoring one goal.
A five-month spell with Wolves was followed by a move to Championship side Ipswich Town, for whom the former England under-17 and 19 striker scored five times in 60 games. He went on loan to Coventry City in September 2014 and scored Sky Blues’ winner in their victory over the Gills on his debut – the game was also City’s first back at the Ricoh Arena following their groundshare with Northampton Town.
The loan became permanent in January 2015, and he scored three goals in 19 appearances for Coventry prior to joining Chinese League One side Tianjin Quanjian six months later.