Gillingham will be hopeful of having a more comfortable 2019/20 season after coming perilously close to the League One drop zone last time.
But they will have to negotiate it without star striker Tom Eaves, who announced his deparure from the club on Wednesday – with a move to Hull City reportedly imminent, according to Tom Barclay of The Sun.
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 and he shared a heartfelt message with the fans.
— Thomas Eaves (@Tom_Eaves_) July 10, 2019
The 27-year-old gave his thanks to all the fans as well as key figures at the club including Ady Pennock, Peter Taylor, former manager Steve Lovell and all of his former teammates.
Over 97 appearances, Eaves netted 40 goals for the Gills assisting six more, regularly appearing towards the top of the third-tier scoring charts – scoring 21 times last season alone.
He became a fan-favourite, and they were gutted to see his time come to an end…
Absolutely gutted but again knew this was coming. Been absolute pleasure chanting your name up an down the country. Good luck in wherever your career takes you (except if its against us lol)will be following you also to see how your doing. Good luck, forever a #Gills ????⚽
— Kerry Price (@KerryPr76343809) July 10, 2019
Thank you for everything Tom, one of the best strikers I’ve seen play for Gillingham. Best of luck for the future!
— LH (@gfclouis) July 10, 2019
Good luck @Tom_Eaves_ and thank you. It has been a joy to watch you and we'll never forget some of those truly special goals. I hope you get plenty of opportunity to show what you can do whatever your next chapter is, you have earned and deserve it. All the best.
— Gary (Gills Stats) (@Gills_Stats) July 10, 2019
EEEEAAAAAAAVVVVVESSSSSS ❤️❤️❤️ Good luck buddy! You'll always be a club legend
— Ben ???????? (@horne1995) July 10, 2019
Good Luck Tom, I wish you all the best in the future. Absolutely gutted ????
— Benwyness (@Benwyness3) July 10, 2019
This actually got me really sad???? good luck big man go smash it????⚫????⚫
— Finley Seath (@FinleySeath) July 10, 2019
Thanks for the memories Tom. You've been a superstar. All the best for the future (I'm not crying it's just been raining on my face ????????????) #legend
— Ra Brads (@machelrachel) July 10, 2019