Trigger rides back into Priestfield

Last updated : 01 February 2007 By Simon Head
Southall: "Trigger" returns to Priestfield
Southall, affectionately known as "Trigger", was part of the Gillingham side that earned promotion to the Championship and reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup in 1999/2000. His goal against Sheffield Wednesday, a stunning volley from out on the left wing, remains one of the FA Cup's golden moments - and ranks as one of the best goals scored by a Gills player.

Trigger arrives from Nottingham Forest, where he established himself as a box-to-box right midfielder, and it is hoped that his experience and set-piece delivery will help give the Gills a greater edge in midfield.

While Southall's best position is undoubtedly on the right of midfield, he is more than capable of filling a role in the middle of the park - and has plenty of experience playing at right back.

Southall may now be in his mid-thirties, but his fitness levels have never been better - and he has been a near ever-present in the Forest squad since his move from Priestfield in 2005. Following his successful stint at The City Ground, Southall has opted to take a pay cut, rejecting a new deal at Forest in exchange for a return to his spiritual home at Gillingham. He has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, keeping him at the club until the end of Season 2008/2009.

We welcome Trigger back into the fold at Priestfield, and wish him the best as he goes into the Gills squad for the trip to Huddersfield this weekend.