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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Martin Allen brings in former Pompey striker.
Striker Deon Burton has signed for Gillingham after rejecting an offer from MK Dons.
The 35-year-old has put pen to paper on a one year deal and could play some part in the friendly tonight against Watford.
Gills boss Martin Allen revealed the signing was down to chairman Paul Scally offering him a better deal than MK Dons had.
“We have been after Deon for a few weeks whilst he’s been training at a Division One club – they offered him a deal but this morning our Chairman offered the player a better deal and we are delighted this morning that he has agreed to sign for us on a one-year deal,” he said.
“He’s fit as a butcher’s dog – he’s got a great attitude, he’ll be good for our younger players and he will be good around the club.
“This has been going on now for a good few weeks and its good the Chairman has managed to pull it off this morning.”
The Jamaican international striker began his career with Portsmouth ahead of a £1 million move to Derby County, making 125 appearances in the Premier League.
He then returned to Fratton Park and played in their promotion-winning 2002/03 season.
He first played under Martin Allen in 2004/05, playing a key role in helping Allen’s Brentford squad reach the League One play-offs.
Recent seasons have seen Deon enjoy prolific success with Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton ahead of a two season spell in the Azerbaijan Premier League, playing for Tony Adams club Gabala.