Brentford defender Leon Legge completes permanent move to League Two promotion favourites Gillingham


The 27-year-old was on loan at Priestfield.

By Matt Simpson

Brentford defender Leon Legge has completed a permanent transfer to League Two side Gillingham after his loan deal at the Priestfield Stadium expired.

The 27-year-old central defender – who signed for the Bees from non-league outfit Tonbridge Angels in 2009 – had joined the Gills on loan earlier in January.

That deal expired following Gillingham’s match with Northampton Town on Tuesday, but the Englishman has now made the switch to Kent permanent.

Bees boss Uwe Rosler revealed his admiration for players who come into the game via non-league football but explained he couldn’t guarantee Legge first-team football.

“I’d like to thank Leon for his contribution and his professionalism since he joined the club,” he told the club’s website.

“I have a lot of respect for players that come into the game via non-league football, rather than the Academy system.

“He was very dedicated at Brentford and developed as a player but I couldn’t give him his wish to play regular first-team football.

“I felt he was still an important member of the squad but I think it’s very important that both parties are happy and we accepted Leon’s desire to join Gillingham and wish him all the best for the future.”

Meanwhile Republic of Ireland Under-21 International Rob Kiernan has extended his loan spell from Wigan Athletic until the end of the season.

The Bees are fourth in the League One promotion race.

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