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Northern Ireland defender Lee Hodson joins League One side

Lee Hodson in action for Northern Ireland against Costa Rica in June.
Lee Hodson in action for Northern Ireland against Costa Rica in June.

Former Rangers defender Lee Hodson has joined League One side Gillingham on a two year contract.

The 27-year-old was on loan at St Mirren side last season and former Coleraine boss Oran Kearney was keen to keep the right-back at the club.

However, amid interest from other clubs, Gillingham have won the race to secure Hodson's signature.

“I’m looking forward to getting started; it’s a club that has ambitions and I want to be a part of it," he said.

“It’s a nice family club; I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait to meet the lads and get started.”

Hodson had won 24 caps for Northern Ireland and will hope that the move can signal a return to the international squad.

 “He’s a very, very accomplished stylish attacking player," said Gillingham boss Steve Evans. "He has signed as a right-back but has experience at left-back and across the midfield four.

“He's a player I have wanted to work with for a couple of seasons, I tried to do something at Peterborough last season but it wasn’t to be. I’m delighted he has decided to ply his trade here.”

Gillingham finished 13th in League One last season, one place behind Gavin Whyte and Mark Sykes' Oxford United.

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