Oldaker signs new contract

Gills midfielder commits future to the club.

Darren Oldaker has signed a new contract at Priestfield Stadium which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.

The midfielder, who has made 12 appearances and scored one goal for the Gills so far this season, that coming against Slough in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup, has impressed on several occasions and has now committed his long term future to the club.

He made his professional debut as a second-half substitute against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park in August 2016 before making his first start ten days later against Luton in the EFL Trophy.

In total he has featured 28 times for the Gills and scored five goals – one of those was voted `Goal of the Season` following a great strike at The Hawthorns against West Brom in November 2016.

He also had a spell at non-league Hythe Town last season to gain important first-team minutes.

On signing his deal he said: “I’m pleased to get it over the line; I enjoy working with the manager, the Chairman and the boys in the dressing room.

“I need to cement a place in the team, don’t take my foot on the gas and be on it every single game. I’ve worked hard every day in training and hopefully I’m back in the team soon.”

Manager Steve Lovell added: “I’m delighted that DJ has decided to stay on board and continue his progress at Priestfield. We enjoy working with him, he’s a good player and I am sure he will go from strength to strength. “

Chairman Paul Scally said: “I am delighted that Darren Oldaker has signed a new contract, taking him through to June 2021. Over the past year DJ has grown in stature both on and off the field, and indeed continues to do so.

“He is a testament to the quality of our youth development department who have produced many players over the years, some of whom have/are playing at the highest level or the English professional game.

“I have no doubt that if DJ continues to progress and develop at the current rate; he will have a very exciting future in English football.

“We all wish him every success.”