Gillingham Sign John Akinde From Lincoln City

John Akinde

Gillingham have confirmed the signing of striker John Akinde from fellow League One side Lincoln City.

Gillingham Complete the Signing of John Akinde From Lincoln City

New Opportunity

A move to Gillingham earns Akinde a fresh start following limited opportunities with Lincoln City during the first half of the season.

Despite playing 26 times in total, he has earned just three starts in the League; he has five goals and three assists in all competitions so far this.

The 30-year-old joined the Imps last season, joining from now National League side Barnet.

During his time at the LNER Stadium, he scored 22 goals in 76 appearances.

Akinde links up with Gillingham manager Steve Evans for the second time in his career, having previously played under Evans at Crawley Town.

What Was Said

Speaking about his new signing to the official Gillingham website, manager Steve Evans said: “Give only credit to my Chairman Paul Scally and the big fella himself.

“My boss has been terrier-like, but outstanding, and got a player I wanted back in the summer, but he is here now.

“In fairness to John he has showed a real desire to play for me again and as a manager that is very humbling.

“His goals record needs no introduction, he makes us stronger as a group and he knows how hard he must work for the team.

“I have enormous respect for Michael Appleton, Jez George and those above at Lincoln City; we have spoken many times in the last two weeks but all of us have shown a maturity and a real level of professionalism to get this deal over the line.

“We need to conclude a couple of more deals and we will be ready to face the challenges in the second half of the season.”

Gillingham are currently 14th in League One and travel to Rochdale in their next game on Saturday 25 January.


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