League Two side swoop to sign ex-Huddersfield Town winger on a free transfer

Former Huddersfield Town winger Aaron Rowe has expressed his excitement upon completing his move to Gillingham.

The 23-year-old was one of five senior players that were released by Town last month, with the winger having now opted to join the League Two outfit.

Rowe has left the Terriers after six years with the club, and the wide player is looking forward to his new challenge.

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“I’m buzzing, I can’t wait,” Rowe told his new club’s website. “When I heard the interest, of course I was excited. It’s good to be back near home as well, after being up north for so long. I’m definitely excited.

“I’d say it was towards the end of the season, that’s when I heard a bit of rumours and stuff. Then after the season was done, then something concrete [came through], they were definitely interested. It was good to hear.

“It’s always good to have new challenges in your career, it’s always going to better you.”

Rowe joined Town from Leyton Orient in 2018, and went on to make his first-team debut for the club in a Premier League fixture, a 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth in March 2019.

The winger went on to make 27 appearances in all competitions for Town in his six-year spell, 22 of which were made in the 2020/21 campaign. He had loan spells at Boston United, Bromley, Stockport County and Crewe Alexandra during his time at the club.

Rowe reflected on the difficulties of moving away from home to join the Terriers, but the winger is “grateful” for the experience that helped him to mature as a person.

“I was at Leyton Orient from about 12 or 13 to 18, and then went to Huddersfield from there,” the 23-year-old said.

“It was a big change, coming from London to up north. I missed home so much, I always used to go back every weekend.

“I think it was very good for my career to have that space up north, living alone, living away from family, friends and stuff. It matured me quite well, so I definitely needed that, and I’m grateful for it as well. It was good, I enjoyed it.”

During his loan spell with the Alex last season, Rowe made 47 appearances and netted five goals, as the club were beaten in the League Two play-off final at Wembley by Crawley Town.

Despite the season ending in the disappointment of missing out on promotion, the winger looks back positively on his spell with the Railwaymen.

“Previously I’ve had a few injuries, but that’s my longest season,” Rowe said. “That’s the thing I’m [most] proud of, just nailing down those games and getting those games in. The more I play, the better I get, so it’s been a very good season with Crewe.”

Upon securing the new signing, Gills’ boss Mark Bonner told his new club’s website: “Aaron has shown last season his ability to put games together and play in a variety of positions. It’s a key period for him to continue developing and improving within our team and use his experiences of League Two last season to hit the ground running this term.

“He is a quick winger, creative in one-v-one situations and direct in his approach. Aaron helps us change the dynamic of the team and will be relied upon to express himself and get people off their seats.

“I’m looking forward to helping him achieve his best level with us this season and to help us towards being the team we want to become.”