Former Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly signs for Gillingham

Rory Donnelly has signed for Gillingham
Rory Donnelly has signed for Gillingham

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh believes Rory Donnelly will be a “very strong signing” for the club.

Donnelly has signed a two-year contract with the English League One outfit.

The former Cliftonville striker was released by Swansea at the end of last season after three-and-a-half years at the Liberty Stadium.

Donnelly – who also had loan spells with Coventry City and Tranmere Rovers – is now looking forward to a new challenge with Gillingham.

And manager Edinburgh is excited by the new arrival.

“Rory is a young striker who I’ve had my eye on for a while,” Edinburgh told the club’s official website.

“His time at Tranmere on loan will have done him a lot of good and I believe we have pulled off a very strong signing.

“I have no doubt he will be of huge benefit to our squad and we now have four very different striking options which I think is key going into the new season.”

Donnelly was signed by former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers back in January 2012 after impressing for Cliftonville that season – the 23-year-old had scored 17 goals until his departure.