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Stacey McConville has become Gillingham's second summer signing as she agreed to join from Millwall Lionesses.
The 18-year-old defender adds more competition at the back for the Gills as they head into their first season in the Premier League.
Stacey was spotted at the age of 14 playing for Long Lane and was soon playing for the Millwall Centre of Excellence where she spent three years. She then went on to play for the Ladies team playing for both the firsts and reserves.
Late in the 2008-09 season she picked up a knee injury in the Kent County Cup Final against Charlton which kept her out of the game for 11 months. She returned somewhat ironically against the Gills in their first Kent Cup final victory for nine years last season.
The aggressive defender, who loves a tackle, is looking forward to getting started in pre-season with the Gills. She said: "The reason I feel a move to the Gills would be good for me is because after being injured for so long, I am returning to a good standard of football. Where I am young, I feel this will help me a lot in my football and it will make me a better player.
"I feel I will learn a lot and being around new players and managers because I will be around new things and this will be good for me. If I am honest, Ian (Varley) sold it for me and it is also a new start.
"My aim for next season is to be a regular starting first team player, win our games and win the League as I believe with the players Gillingham have, they are very capable. I just want to be part of something big, I am looking forward to playing for the Gills next year as it is something new to me and I enjoy a challenge."
Manager Ian Varley was also clearly delighted by the fact that Stacey decided to join the Gills for their first season in the Southern Division. He said: "I have been tracking Stacey for the past year now and I'm delighted that she's agreed to join us.
"She is far too good to be playing reserve football so it's great to have her joining the Gills for next season. She's a proper defender, strong, quick and is a great addition to any team."
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