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Gillingham secure two signings as Parrett and Charles-Cook arrive at Priestfield

Gillingham’s summer rebuilding continues with the arrival of two new midfielders



Gillingham’s summer transfer business picked up on Wednesday with the announcement of two new midfield signings.

Former Charlton midfielder Regan Charles-Cook and ex-AFC Wimbledon man Dean Parrett both signed on the dotted line as they joined Steve Lovell’s new-look squad for the coming campaign.

“I felt it was time to move on having been with Charlton for a while, they’ve been good to me and it’s been my home,” explained Charles-Cook on the club’s official website.

“I’ve worked with Steve before, he knows what I’m about and I know what he’s like as a coach so it’s a comfortable move for me and he knows how to get the best out of me.”

And in a statement that will excite and encourage the Gills faithful, he said: “I like driving with the ball, getting assists and a few goals. I will work my socks off.”

Parrett, meanwhile, cited the club’s ambition as a major factor in his signing.

“The ambition of the club matches my ambitions,” he told the club’s site.

“I enjoyed my time at AFC Wimbledon and felt I did really well there.

“I felt it was time for a new challenge and, having sat down with the manager, I saw the passion was there and I wanted to play for him. I’m looking forward to it.”

Both new arrivals join on two-year contracts, and Lovell was understandably pleased to get both men into the club.

“I’m delighted to have brought Regan to the Football Club,” he said.

“I have known him since a very young age and know what he is capable of. He is an incredibly determined man, a positive individual and I think his natural ability will be a real asset for us next season.”

And on Parrett, he said: “It’s great news that we have been able to secure Dean’s signature. Naturally, a player of Dean’s calibre and pedigree was attracting interest from elsewhere, but having spoken to the player we both share the same vision and determination to succeed at Gillingham.

“He came through the youth ranks at Tottenham Hotspur so he’s been nurtured very well; he has plenty of Football League experience under his belt and I’m sure the supporters here at Priestfield will enjoy watching him play.”