New Yeovil Town trialist Kerrea Gilbert has been on the receiving end of a parting blast from Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher, following his decision to look south of the border for a playing contract. The out of contract former Arsenal defender played in this afternoon's away match against Truro City, having arrived on trial earlier this week, via another trial match at Milton Keynes Dons.
The 24 year old had been on trial with Caley Thistle earlier in pre-season, and had been expected to sign a on year deal with them, but Butcher decided he wanted to put any contract offer on hold because of concerns about the player's fitness after suffering a calf injury. Instead of waiting around, Gilbert travelled to Buckinghamshire, playing in a friendly against St Neots. Having found out via the Dons website, Butcher told Sky Sports he was not best pleased:
"Kerrea needed two or three weeks' rehab. He was devastated when we told him because he wanted a contract straight away. I said, look, you've been waiting a year so a month should be nothing to you now. After that, there'll be a contract for you. But then he goes and plays for MK Dons in a trial match. It was even on their website. So I spoke to his agent and told him he wouldn't be getting a contract here. I just binned it. He has let us down badly."
Gilbert was not part of the MK Dons party who left for a pre-season tour in Ireland earlier this week and so is believed to have joined the Glovers for their own pre-season training, ironically just as Inverness made their own way to Huish Park. For what it's worth, although it would appear that Gilbert and his agent could have shown better communication skills, at the point that Butcher put his contract offer on hold, Gilbert was entitled to look elsewhere. Given reports of an impressive 55 minutes against Truro City, hopefully Caley Thistle's loss can be Yeovil's gain.
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