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Former Claret Alex MacDonald helped Gillingham to survive last season in League Two and come the end of the season was offered a new deal by Neil Harris.

MacDonald has, however, opted to leave the Gills after three years at the Priestfield Stadium and has re-joined Steve Evans, a manager he knows well, at Stevenage.

After a difficult 2021/22 season, that saw him on the side lines for much of it with a serious injury, he came back last season to play in all but three of Gillingham’s League Two games which has taken his total of league appearances overall to over 400.

The first of those came in April 2008 when he came on as a substitute for Wade Elliott in a 3-3 home draw against Cardiff, a game perhaps best remembered for the red card shown to Darren Purse and the subsequent chase of him up the tunnel by Andrew Cole.

Eight days later, MacDonald played again as a substitute for Elliott in a 5-0 hammering at Crystal Palace when we played with ten men for much of it following a red card for Clarke Carlisle. Unable to establish himself at Burnley, he enjoyed loans with Falkirk, Inverness, Plymouth and Burton before signing permanently for Burton in the summer of 2013.

A move to Oxford followed but then came the significant move to Mansfield in January 2017 who, at the time, were managed by Evans. It was Evans who then took him to Gillingham in 2020 and who has again signed him this week for newly promoted Stevenage which will see him again playing in League One.

A hugely popular player with the Gillingham fans, he was voted as runner up in their player of the year vote last month.

He’s a player who still retains an affection for Burnley, his first club, and we wish him well at Stevenage.

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