Gillingham have signed QPR defender Max Ehmer on an emergency loan deal until January 3

Gillingham have added to their defensive options ahead of this weekend's game against Port Vale with the signing of Max Ehmer from Queens Park Rangers.

The 22-year-old German centre-back joins the club on an emergency loan deal until January 3, just days after the club confimed Kortney Hause had been recalled early by parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ehmer has made one appearance for the Premier League outfit, he came on as a 78th minute substitue in place of Clint Hill on September 28 2013 during a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough at Loftus Road.

However he has enjoyed a number of loan spells at various clubs across the Football League.

Max had two stints at Yeovil Town, firstly between January-May 2011 and then again between August 2011 and January 2012.

In this time he made 55 appearances and scored one goal in a JPT match against Bournemouth in October 2011.

Later that same season he joined Preston North End and finished the season with the Lilywhites, making nine appearances in total before returning to QPR.

He signed a new three-year contract with the Hoops that summer, but was on the move again in March of last year when he featured six times for Stevenage and scored one goal.

His most recent loan spell was at Carlisle United where made 14 appearances and scored once in a 4-2 defeat to Colchester United.

On capturing his signature Manager Peter Taylor said: "I'm delighted to have Max on board, he has played in over 80 league matches for a number of clubs and has good experience at this level.

"He's a good player, a strong defender and can play in a couple of other positions too."