Gills striker puts pen to paper on a new contract to remain at Priestfield until 2017

Cody McDonald has signed a new deal at Gillingham which will keep him at MEMS Priestfield Stadium until the summer of 2017.

The 28-year-old striker signalled his intentions to remain at the club last month and has now put pen to paper on a new two year contract.

Cody has scored 62 goals in 135 appearances for Gills across three different spells, the first being a season long loan from Norwich City in 2010-11 where, alongside Bayo Akinfenwa, the striker netted 25 goals in 43 matches in all competitions.

This prompted the interest of Coventry City but with Gills battling for the League Two title in 2012-13, McDonald returned on a short term basis to bag four times in seven games under Martin Allen.

Two of them were important 1-0 winners at Bradford and Chesterfield.

He returned to the Ricoh Arena to see out the season but McDonald’s relationship with the Gills was made permanent that summer on a two year contract, and in that time he’s scored 33 times in 86 appearances in all competitions.

Among them was a spectacular overhead kick against Walsall at MEMS Priestfield Stadium in December 2013, before netting the winner in a live televised game on Sky Sports against Wolves.

More recently, McDonald scored twice in an impressive 3-0 win away at Swindon.

On extending his deal Cody told the club’s official website: “I’m massively happy; to be honest it was never really in doubt and I'm pleased it’s all done.

“I’ve always produced my best Football here and I enjoy playing here, it’s worked out well for the first two years and hopefully in the second two I can continue to improve.”