Gills clinch the signing of Vadaine Oliver

Another capture for the Gills as Vadaine Oliver joins MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Gillingham have signed former Northampton Town striker Vadaine Oliver.

The 28-year-old forward, who scored eight goals in 40 appearances for the Cobblers last season, becomes the club’s second signing of the summer following the capture of Ryan Jackson last week.

Oliver, who began his career in the youth ranks at Sheffield Wednesday, was part of the Northampton team who won promotion to League 1 last month via the play-offs, but has decided against a new offer in favour of a move to MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Vadaine made his professional debut for Lincoln in the Blue Square Premier in 2012 and netted 13 times in 41 outings which alerted the attention of Crewe Alexandra who signed him for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract a year later.

Following the completion of his contract he then joined York, via a loan spell at Mansfield, where he was part of the team that won the FA Trophy in 2017. Spells at Notts County and Morecambe followed before Keith Curle signed the striker on a one-year deal in July 2019.

In total, Oliver has made 311 professional appearances and scored 59 goals.  

Speaking to the club website he said: “I am buzzing to get it over the line. I had a few offers from League 1 clubs but as soon as I came down and spoke to the Manager and heard his plans for the club, it was a no brainer for me.

“As a Footballer you want to be successful and be in a team that is looking for that big push. To take me to that next level I thought it was the right decision.

Manager Steve Evans added: “He was outstanding in the play-offs for Northampton, scoring a goal. He is a real enthusiastic front player who can play not just centrally; he is a really good asset.

“He is a real handful and our supporters will take to him.”