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Matt Jarvis announces retirement

Former Gills winger calls time on his playing career.

30 May 2021

Gills academy graduate announces his retirement.

Former Gills midfielder, Matt Jarvis, has announced his retirement as a professional footballer at the age of 35.

Matt, who joined the club as a teenager from Millwall in 2003, made 122 appearances and scored 16 goals in a four-year stint at MEMS Priestfield Stadium prior to joining Wolves in the summer of 2007.

He went on to play Premier League Football at both Molineux and West Ham after signing for the London club in August 2012 for a reported £7.5million.

Just over three years later he joined Norwich City, initially on loan, but towards the end of his first full season at Carrow Road he suffered a serious knee injury and, having also suffered hip and hamstring issues, he missed the entire 2016-17 campaign apart from one appearance in the EFL Trophy.

On his return from injury he joined League 1 Walsall on loan and played against the Gills in a 3-0 win for the Saddlers in January 2019. A year later he signed for Woking, extending his stay in the summer of 2020 by another year.

In addition to a successful club career, Jarvis also played for England on one occasion, coming on for Jack Wilshere as a second half sub in a 1-1 draw with Ghana at Wembley in March 2011.


Everyone at Gillingham FC would like to congratulate Matt on an excellent career, and we wish him well in his retirement.

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