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Gills clinch the signing of Alex MacDonald

Former Burnley midfielder joins the team at MEMS Priestfield Stadium!

14 August 2020

Tireless midfielder agrees contract with the Gills.

Gillingham have clinched the signing of former Championship and Scottish Premier League midfielder/forward, Alex MacDonald, ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The former Burnley man has put pen to paper on a permanent contract at MEMS Priestfield Stadium, and is set to be involved for the club’s pre-season friendly at Colchester on August 15.

Alex, who left Mansfield Town earlier this summer, is reunited with former boss Steve Evans having played under the Gills Manager at Field Mill during the 2017/18 campaign. The player considered offers from three clubs in League 1 but he has joined up at Priestfield Stadium.

In January 2017 he joined Mansfield Town from Oxford United; the Stags were under the guidance of Steve Evans and the player spent three-and-a-half years at the club, playing in 123 games.

The energetic midfielder has also represented Scotland at U19 and U21 level, claiming 14 caps and scoring seven times in total.

Boss Steve Evans was clearly delighted to have secured Alex’s signature prior to the first pre-season game.

He said: “Macca is a top class player in League 1 when he is focused.

“Like Jacob Mellis, he is experienced and eager to play here. I thought he was going to stay in the Midlands in League 1 but I was keen to get him here and our Chairman made it happen. Not a big name signing, but a very good player who our fans will like very quickly."

The player himself added: "It's been a weird summer but to finally get signed is a relief and, after training this week, I'm really excited.

"The Gaffer found a way to get the best out of me while at Mansfield; he rang me and wanted me to come down and luckily enough we got the deal over the line."


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