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GILLINGHAM manager Steve Evans says he has concluded his transfer deadline day business.
Evans has bolstered his forward options with the capture of Premier League winger Jordan Graham on loan until the end of the season, despite a late scare as interest from a Championship club emerged.
The 24-year-old, who came through the youth system at Aston Villa, and has had loan spells at Ipswich Town, Fulham and Bradford City, has agreed terms on a loan deal which will see him remain at Priestfield Stadium until the season’s end.
Jordan has played twice for Wolves this season, both appearances coming in the EFL Trophy and played against the Gills last season while on loan with Oxford United.
During his career he has made 55 professional appearances and scored four goals.
“Jordan is a player who gives our squad great balance,” Evans told www.gillinghamfootballclub.com.
“The deal was done after I spent time meeting the player and talking through a plan for him. A Championship club tried to hijack this signing today but the lad kept to his word; that is a great sign of his character.
“He plays wide on the right or left and is effective playing off a main striker.
“The kid is quick, strong and technically very efficient. Again, I won’t build him up to our supporters; they are good judges so they will inform themselves.
“However, I am really pleased to get Jordan in. There was competition for his signature, late in the day, again well-played chairman for your support.
“This lad can really play. If he wants it bad enough he can become one of the best signings of all the transfer deadline day movers today in League One.”
Evans added: “We have, as of 7pm this evening, concluded our transfer business in respect of incoming players.
“We had agreed, in principle, to sign one other player but his club changed the terms an hour past, so we move on.
“Ideally we would have added one more player to the squad, but it was not to be.
“Our transfer business in this window has been very strategic, focused and I am sure adds good things to what is already a very talented and hard-working squad of young men.
“We are looking forward to the many challenges over the next few weeks and months. My Chairman has been totally supportive in what is challenging times for a number of football clubs.
“We are in this together, that said takes only a couple of seconds, but in reality as it is here, it means so much more.
"I wanted to let our supporters know that our business is concluded.”
Left-back Bradley Garmston, 26, has left Priestfield Stadium after the player and the club decided to terminate his contract by mutual consent and has signed for League Two side Grimsby Town until the end of the season.
“Bradley needs to play football,” said Evans.
“We offered to move him on back in the summer but he wanted to try and fight to get into the matchday squad, an admirable quality.
“Sadly, that never happened. He will no doubt find a club, he’s a really dedicated young man who just wants to play first-team football at EFL level.”
Alex Jakubiak has left Gillingham to return to Watford after being recalled by the Premier League club.
The 23-year-old scored seven times in 30 appearances during his time in Kent, including on the opening day of the season in a 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers.
His last appearance came last weekend as a second-half substitute against Rochdale; a game that ended 2-2 at Spotland.
Evans added: "During the last couple of weeks I’ve had several chats regarding match minutes with Alex and Nigel Pearson at Watford.
“The summary was that I could not give any guarantees on this and Alex felt, with his contract up at the end of the season, it was essential for him.
“He is a quality player and will be a real asset for his next club. He goes from here with all our best wishes; I really want the kid to be successful. He is a real professional and a real credit to Watford."
Striker Roman Campbell has left the club as his contract was terminated by mutual consent, while defender Lee Hodson has signed for St Mirren on loan until the end of the season.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC kicked off transfer deadline day by completing the signing of Aiden McGeady on a loan until the end of the season from Sunderland.
The experienced Republic Ireland international becomes the Addicks' second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Andre Green at the start of the month.
McGeady, 33, has 95 caps for the Republic of Ireland and has played 85 games in the Championship in spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End and Sunderland. He also has a wealth of experience in both the Champions League and the Premier League during spells with Celtic, Everton and Spartak Moscow, respectively.
Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer told www.cafc.co.uk: “Bringing in someone with his quality is going to add to the squad. Last season we played against them obviously on three occasions and he’s an exceptional player. He brings goals, he brings assists, he’s someone that can make something out of nothing.
“He’s got experience, he’s played in Europe and for his country. We’re bringing in a very good, experienced player. Coming into the back end of the season experience can be important, Darren Pratley showed that in the play-off games last season.”
Director of Football Steve Gallen said: “I’m pleased. He’s someone I’ve been following personally for years watching him play for Ireland and Celtic in particular. We had a good look at him last year because we played against him a few times. We wanted to get someone attacking and someone exciting and I’m pleased we got Aiden.”
McGeady is set to train with his new teammates for the first time on Friday and will be available for selection for Charlton’s game against Barnsley at The Valley on Saturday.
Charlton have also completed the signing of midfielder Matt Smith on a loan until the end of the season from Manchester City.
The 20-year-old Wales international becomes the Addicks' second signing of transfer deadline day.
Smith will see some familiar faces having played alongside both Jonny Williams and Tom Lockyer in his young international career which has seen him capped seven times for Ryan Giggs' side.
Bowyer said: “I’m delighted to have a second midfielder through the door. I’m looking forward to working with him, he’s another young one that is going to give us plenty of energy in the middle of the park. It’s a good positive signing for me.”
Smith, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Queens Park Rangers, will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of recent midfield loanees Krystian Bielik, Josh Cullen, Sam Field and Conor Gallagher, who have all flourished under the tutelage of Bowyer and Assistant Manager Johnnie Jackson.
“It’s a wonderful football club with a lot of history,” Smith said.
“I just can’t wait to get going. I’ve come here to try and get an opportunity to play and prove to everyone that I can do it at this level.
“I spoke to Locks (Tom Lockyer) and he just told me what an amazing football club it is and that the feel for the club is really nice which helped me make the decision to join this club.”
Director of Football Gallen added: “He’s a good football player, he can handle the ball, he’s a good passer of the ball, he gets up and down the pitch.
“It’s something we said a lot in the summer about players, he’s got a point to prove. He was very, very keen to come to us, he was pushing to come and have a chance to play and get in our team and prove that he’s a good player at this level, so I’m pleased to get him in.”
The club said "they beat the bell" by completing a last-gasp signing of midfielder David Davis, 28, on loan from Birmingham City until the end of the season.
Davis made his Premier League debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012 before going on to make 61 appearances during his time at Molineux and made the move to Birmingham City in 2015, earning a wealth of experience in the Championship with 194 Blues appearances to his name, scoring 11 goals.
Bowyer said: "I’m delighted, especially so late on. He’s another player that’s going to come in and strengthen the squad. We’ve brought David in because of his experience. He’s played over 150 games in this division. He’s a man and he’s a winner.”
Gallen added “He’s a good athlete with a good attitude. He’s a big, strong boy. During January we were looking to add an athletic type to our midfield to go with what we already have and I’m pleased we’ve been able to do that.”
MILLWALL have announced that Luke Steele has rejoined the club on loan from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.
The 35-year-old goalkeeper spent the first-half of the campaign with the club but returned to The City Ground earlier this month.
However, an unfortunate injury to Frank Fielding has left manager Gary Rowett with just two senior stoppers in Bartosz Bialkowski and Ryan Sandford and Steele's return boosts the manager's options in that position with 17 games left to play this season.
Steele's two appearances for the club so far both came in the Carabao Cup in August.
Fielding has now undergone surgery on an injury on his arm and everyone at the club wishes him the absolute best throughout his recovery.
Harvey Bradbury has joined League Two side Morecambe on loan until the end of the season.
Bradbury is a regular for Kevin Nugent’s under 23s side, but the towering frontman will link up with Derek Adams’ side ahead of their league game against Cheltenham Town tomorrow.
Millwall have confirmed the signing of Mason Bennett on loan from Derby County until the end of the season.
Bennett, 23, becomes Rowett's third signing of the January transfer window and will spend the remainder of the campaign at The Den.
A trainee at Pride Park, Mason made his professional debut for The Rams aged just 15 and spent three seasons in and around the first-team - scoring his first professional League goal at The Den against Millwall on 14th September 2013 - before joining Bradford City on loan.
Further loan spells at Burton Albion and Notts County followed, before Bennett became a first-team regular in Derbyshire under the stewardship of Frank Lampard last season, making 38 appearances and scoring three goals as The Rams were defeated in the Play-Off Final by Aston Villa.
Bennett has played nine times for County this season and now joins Rowett's squad for the final 17 games of the campaign.
MACCLESFIELD TOWN have signed winger Shillow Tracey, 21, on loan from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season.
Tracey joined Tottenham Hotspur from Ebbsfleet United in 2016 and signed a new two-year deal in 2018. However, he hasn't made a first-team appearance for the club and teams up with the struggling League Two outfit.
BROMLEY manager Neil Smith has announced the signing of winger Aaron Rowe on an initial one-month loan from Huddersfield Town.
The 19-year-old was awarded a move to the Terriers in 2018 after progressing through the Academy set-up at Leyton Orient. Rowe, who initially signed an Academy Scholarship penned his first professional contract in March 2019.
Shortly before he put pen to paper on a new three-year senior deal at the club, Rowe made his debut against Bournemouth in the Premier League. After continuing to impress, he was then awarded his first start for the Terriers away at West Ham United.
The London-born winger joins Bromley off the back of a short loan spell at National League North outfit Boston United and has been handed the number 15 shirt.
Upon signing for the Ravens, Rowe told www.bromleyfc.co.uk: “Obviously it’s a good club to join and I can’t wait to get started.
“This club’s my home so it’s always good to be back home and see family and I’m just buzzing to get started.
“I know it’s a good team, they play good football and they’re good lads. I’m just buzzing to get started.”
DOVER ATHLETIC boss Andy Hessenthaler has announced the loan signing of striker Dominic Poleon from League Two Newport County until the end of the season.
The deal is subject to international clearance.
The 26-year-old Londoner, who will wear the number 25 shirt, started his career at Leeds United and made 29 appearances, scoring three goals.
Whilst with Leeds, Dominic also had loan spells in League One with Bury and Sheffield United.
He left Leeds United in 2014 and signed for Oldham Athletic where he scored 11 goals in 68 appearances before making a move to AFC Wimbledon in 2016.
Poleon scored 13 times in 49 appearances before he signed for Bradford where he scored seven goals in 37 games.
He joined Crawley in August 2018 and made 30 appearances for the club last season, scoring five goals, before joining Newport last September.
Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer has joined the club on loan until the end of the season
The-20-year-old Australian-born stopper penned a new two-year deal with Charlton last July.
He made his senior debut in the Checkatrade Trophy against Swansea City U21s last season and has appeared on the first-team bench on numerous occasions over the past two seasons.
Maynard-Brewer, who will wear the number 24 shirt, has also had loan spells with Chelmsford City, Hampton & Richmond Borough and Dulwich Hamlet in his time with Charlton.
Midfielder Joe Bedford has joined Dulwich Hamlet on loan.
Bedford made two appearances for Whites this campaign, featuring at Weymouth in The FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying Round and at King’s Lynn Town in the second round of The Buildbase FA Trophy.
The 22-year-old will be with the National League South side for one month.
DARTFORD manager Steve King has announced the signing of Giovanni McGregor.
The highly-rated 21-year-old attacking midfielder joins the Darts from Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.
Giovanni started his career at Brentford before joining Crystal Palace three years ago. He has been a constant feature in their under 23s and has impressed that much he has been on the bench for the first team recently against Manchester City, Southampton and Derby County.
WELLING UNITED manager Bradley Quinton has added talented midfielder Che Krabbendam to his ranks ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash at St Albans City.
The Dutch-born midfielder impressed in Staines Town’s young squad earlier this season scoring 10 goals before mid-September.
The 20-year-old midfield-maestro also spent eight years in the Anderlecht academy and lists former clubs including Dover Athletic and Burgess Hill Town.
MAIDSTONE UNITED made a late deadline day signing, wih the arrival of defender Charlie Seaman, 20, arriving on loan from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth until the end of the season.
An attacking full-back, Seaman joined the Cherries following his release by West Ham United in 2016.
He started with the club’s under-18 squad, before graduating to the under-21s and earning his first professional contract two years later.
His most recent loan was at National League side Eastleigh, where he made 24 appearances during his four-month stay. Before that there were spells at Weymouth and Dundee United on loan, playing 12 times for the Scottish outfit in the Championship and Scottish Cup last season.