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13 July 2013

We keep you up to date with the movement of former players

Canadian international Simeon Jackson has opened a new chapter in his career after signing a two-year deal at Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig.  The striker, who scored 42 goals for the Gills in 115 games before joining Norwich City in July 2010, was released by the Canaries at the end of his contract. Speaking on his move the 26-year-old said "This transfer was the next step for me and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Bundesliga."

Central defender Leon Johnson, now 32, has signed a new one-year deal with Wycombe Wanderers. Since departing Priestfield in June 2007 the Grenada international has made 170 appearances for the Chairboys.

Tom Brunt, the young midfielder released last season, was in the Sittingbourne squad that beat the Brickies Academy side 8-0 at the weekend.

Jacob Erskine is currently on trial at Southend United and played in the midweek victory at Bishops Stortford. The raw forward arrived from Bromley at the start of the 2009-10 campaign but made just half-a-dozen appearances and has since played for a number of non-league sides including Ebbsfleet United and Dartford.

Another former striker, Donovan Simmonds who came to Priestfield on loan from Coventry City in late March 2008 and made three substitute appearances, has joined Conference South Boreham Wood. He, and another ex-Gill Mark Bentley, both played in the midweek pre-season home game against a star-studded West Ham United.

Mark Miller was a winger here at Priestfield back in the early Eighties when he scored once, in a 1-1 home draw with Doncaster Rovers, in his 10 appearances. His is currently the manager of Maltese side Valletta and he saw his side get their Europa League campaign of to a great start with a 3-0 victory at La Fiorita of San Marino.

Former youth team striker Simon Austin has returned to Ryman League Division One South club Folkestone Invicta for a third spell. The 32-year-old will take the role of player-assistant manager under boss Neil Cugley at Cheriton Road.

Another ex-youth teamer, Tom Bryant, has returned to Medway after following boss Simon Halsey from Herne Bay to Kent League Lordswood.

Former Gillingham trialist’s Mark Hughes, Liam Enver-Marum, who also played for Boreham Wood in midweek, Luke Medley, who has since joined Hayes & Yeading, and Emmanuel Ugo Udoji along with ex-youth team midfielder Ashley Carew all played in Dover’s home friendly with Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

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