DONE DEAL: Released Hull City defender finds new League One club

Kai Connell, KCOM Stadium, CC BY-SA 4.0

Former Hull City defender Robbie McKenzie has today signed a deal with Gillingham following his release from the KCom Stadium. 

McKenzie, a 21-year-old defender, had 26 Championship appearances to his name before his release. He made his debut in the League Cup in 2017, making his league debut the following year against Rotherham United.

The youngster was born in Hull and had made 35 appearances across all competitions, but he was released at the end of their relegation season. It surprised supporters at the time, and they’ll be no less happy today to see him sign a deal with Steve Evans’ Gillingham side.

“We are delighted Robbie has signed. He is experienced at Championship level for such a young age and had numerous options when deciding his new club,” said Evans.
“He is excellent in any defensive position including midfield, a terrific signing. Without a doubt, he adds utility to a compact but talented squad of young men. We will help develop him and I have no doubts our supporters will like this talented lad.”

McKenzie echoed the manager’s sentiments, saying:  “I’m really happy to be here; hopefully it will be a good season for everybody involved. I want to help the team out as much as I can, I’m one of those who will give 100% every time I play and Gillingham seems the perfect place to start a new chapter.

“Every game will be a battle to try and get some points; I can’t wait to get back out there.”
It an interesting footnote to the story, Hull’s first game of the season will come against Gillingham at Priestfield, meaning McKenzie could make his debut against his former employers.

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This is a great signing for Gillingham, and it adds to the young element their squad has after picking up Zack Medley and Trae Coyle from Arsenal. In amongst that exciting youth, they have added real experience in Alex McDonald and Vadaine Oliver.

Gillingham will be robust, fast on the break and really aggressive up top, just as most Steve Evans’ sides are. Mckenzie will add a touch of promise and potential in the defence and could well be one of the best signings the Gills have made pre-season.

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