Gillingham striker Tom Eaves has sent a farewell message to the club’s fans after his contract expired, with a move to Hull City reportedly imminent.
Eaves has been a key figure at Priestfield for the last two seasons after signing from Yeovil Town but his time with the club has now officially come to an end.
Taking to Twitter, Eaves shared a heartfelt message with the fans.
He wrote: “The time has finally come for me to say goodbye to Gillingham Football Club.
“I started the journey at this club always holding the ambition to play as high as I can and the opportunity to so has now presented itself, one which wouldn’t have done so without the support of you, the fans.
“You have truly reignited my love and passion for the game again.”
The 27-year-old went on to give his thanks to key figures at the club including Ady Pennock, Peter Taylor and former manager Steve Lovell as well as all his former team-mates.
Over 97 appearances, Eaves netted 40 goals for the Gills assisting six more, regularly appearing towards the top of the third-tier scoring charts – netting 21 last season alone.
And, according to Tom Barclay of The Sun, a move to Championship side Hull City is now looking likely as Grant McCann looks to put his mark on the Tigers.
Eaves has more than earned his move to the Championship and I do not think anyone connected to the club would begrudge him the chance.
I am only surprised that it did not happen sooner, which perhaps shows the class of Eaves and the genuine connection he did have with the club and their fans.
He will be a success in the second-tier, I am sure of it, but it leaves an enormous hole for Gillingham to fill in the remainder of the transfer window.