Johnson joins Gillingham on permanent deal
Johnson is now a Gillingham player | Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC via Getty Images

Gillingham have completed the permanent signing of loanee Tyreke Johnson.

The news

Johnson has made his loan move to the Gills permanent after originally joining on a temporary basis from Southampton on January 8.

There has been no confirmation on the length of the contract, but his deal at Southampton was up at the end of the season and it is believed he now has the rest of the campaign to fight for a contract at Gillingham beyond this season.

His career

After time in the youth academies at Watford, Swindon Town and Southampton, Johnson signed his first professional deal with the Saints in 2015.

He made his Premier League debut in a 3-2 win over Arsenal in December 2018, and also spent time on loan at National League Woking and USL side Hartford Athletic.

At Gillingham

Johnson made his Gillingham debut the day after signing for the club, playing 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion on January 9.

He looked impressive in spells and was one shining light in a poor Gills performance, showing desire to run direct from the left of midfield and track back when required.

With Trae Coyle returning to Arsenal from his loan stay with the Gills, alongside Zech Medley, Johnson provides another wide option and making his deal permanent will give Gillingham more flexibility in the loan market - five loanees can be named in a match day squad.

With Coyle and Medley heading back to Arsenal, Josh Eccles and Declan Drysdale recalled by Coventry and Scott Robertson back with Celtic, the Gills have three loanees right now.

Southampton duo Tom O’Connor and Callum Slattery, alongside latest addition Olly Lee, are all at Gillingham on a temporary basis. Realistically, manager Steve Evans can now add two or three more to the books.

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