Cody McDonald: Gillingham striker close to signing new deal

Cody McDonald
McDonald is in his third spell with Gillingham

Gillingham striker Cody McDonald says he is close to agreeing a new contract with the club.

The 28-year-old has scored 14 goals in 35 appearances for the League One side this season.

"I've expressed my feelings and I think we're quite close. Hopefully it will be done soon." he told BBC Radio Kent.

"My agent is in contact with the manager and the chairman most days so I think there are a couple of loose ends to tie up."

McDonald, whose current deal expires in the summer, is in his third spell at Priestfield Stadium, having joined the club permanently in the summer of 2013 following a successful loan spell during the 2012-13 campaign.

In his first spell with the Gills, on loan from Norwich during the 2010-11 season, McDonald scored 25 goals in 41 league games.

"I don't know what it is - I just enjoy playing here," he added.

"Gillingham is the first club which gave me a real chance as when I was at Norwich I didn't play much and was a bit raw coming out of non-league.

"Getting a run of games that first season set my career up. I have a lot to thank the club for that."

John Marquis
John Marquis has had five loan spells away from parent club Millwall, including stints at Cheltenham and now Gillingham this season

Meanwhile, Gills manager Justin Edinburgh says the club are considering a move for on-loan striker John Marquis, whose deal at Millwall expires this summer.

Marquis, 22, has scored six goals in eight games since joining the Gills in January.

"I've had a couple of conversations with John's agent and we have made him aware we've liked what John has done," said Edinburgh.

"That is something which is ongoing but I'm not sure the length of time that will take as he is not our player.

"He has been one to say himself that his future is over at Millwall. When someone like John comes along you want to throw your hat in the ring for him."