Former Derby County defender linked with Gillingham switch

Former Derby County defender Farrend Rawson is being linked with a move to League One side Gillingham, as reported by James Goodwin via D3D4 football.

Rawson has just been released by League Two side Forest Green, much to the surprise of some of their fans. he proved quite a hit in Gloucestershire, but it seems the club are set to take a different direction with the 23-year-old surplus to requirements.

Rawson worked with current Gillingham boss Steve Evans during a loan spell with Rotherham United, which could help facilitate a move. The report suggests Evans is waiting for the outcome of a board meeting, thought to be the EFL’s meeting later this week to determine when any possible restart could be.

6ft 4in Rawson was born in Nottingham but served his apprenticeship with Derby County. He had two loans with Rotherham in the Championship, then a spell with Coventry City in League One before helping Accrington Stanley to the League Two title in 2017/18.

He made 95 appearances for Forest Green, bagging four league goals. Three of those came in the space of 11 days at the turn of this year, with two earning Mark Cooper’s side a 4-3 win away at Mansfield on January 11th.

Our View

Rawson will be in high demand and it is likely this rumour has come about as a result of his loan spell with Evans back in 2015. He is also likely to be eyed by League Two clubs in his home area, perhaps Mansfield Town one that stand out. He has a little bit of everything and this season, his class stood out as he developed in the senior game. There might not be a deal on the table immediately, given the current situation, but someone will offer this defender a Football league contract, so why not the Gills?

At 23, Rawson has his best years ahead of him and his release is something of a shock for ambitious Rovers, who are targetting Championship football. Eventually. 


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