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GILLS CAPTURE WILLIAMSON SIGNING

15 June 2015

Ben Williamson signs two year contract at MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Gillingham have completed the signing of striker Ben Williamson from Port Vale on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old was offered a new deal at Vale Park at the end of last season but has turned it down in favour of a move to Priestfield.

Ben scored 10 goals in 47 appearances last season for the Valiants, including a hat-trick in the 6-2 win over Hartlepool in the first round of the Capital One Cup in August 2014.

He began his career at non-league Hyde before signing for Bournemouth in the summer of 2010, departing for Staffordshire, initially on loan, six months later.

After four-and-a-half years at Vale, the striker said he felt it was time to explore a new challenge. Speaking to the club website he said:

"I was at Port Vale for four years and sometimes it's good for a change and I'm moving back towards London now which is a bonus.

"We've reached an agreement and it's all worked out really well."

On capturing his signature Manager Justin Edinburgh said: “I am absolutely delighted to have secured Ben for two years.

“A number of clubs were interested in him but the fact he has chosen to come to us shows how ambitious he is to be a part of what we are trying to build.

“He will prove a handful for any defense in this division and he provides us with something a little different to what we already have in Cody McDonald and Luke Norris.”

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