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Kevin Lisbie an option for Gillingham

Kevin Lisbie
Lisbie scored four goals in four starts in a Gills loan spell 12 years ago

Gillingham say they could still sign Kevin Lisbie, despite suggestions he was not prepared to play in League Two.

The 32-year-old striker, who had a loan spell at Gillingham from Charlton in 1999, is without a club having been released by Ipswich Town.

Boss Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent: "I've had a conversation with Kevin, he was disappointed with press that he wasn't prepared to drop down.

"He said he would be, but he wants to keep his options open."

Lisbie played 176 games for Charlton before spells at Colchester and Ipswich and he has won 10 international caps for Jamaica.

He's trialling somewhere, he'd like to stay at a higher division, I can't blame him for that

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler

Hessenthaler, who was a Gillingham player when Lisbie had his spell at Priestfield, has been searching for a striker since Adam Birchall suffered a long-term knee injury in pre-season.

With Lisbie available on a free transfer, Hessenthaler added that he is definitely an option.

"He phoned me out of decency because he knows me. He told me he's a Gillingham fan, he's a good lad, he thought he might have offended me, the club and the fans."

"He's trialling somewhere, he'd like to stay at a higher division, I can't blame him for that," said Hessenthaler.

"We said we'd like him to come to Gillingham and he never ruled it out."

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