Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert. The 24 year old was first spotted at training in mid-July yet so far has played in just one pre-season friendly.
Born in Hammersmith, on February 28th 1987, Gilbert made 12 appearances for Arsenal's first team, with the majority coming in cup competitions, when manager Arsene Wenger's policy of fielding his younger players was utilised.
Gilbert made numerous appearances for other clubs between 2006 and 2010, playing for Cardiff City, Southend United, Leicester City and Peterborough United. In the case of the Foxes, he turned out 39 times during a season long loan during the 2008-09 campaign.
His whereabouts during the 2010-11 season are a little more sketchy. Released by Arsenal, Gilbert agreed a deal with MLS side Portland Timbers in December 2010, but was unable to obtain a work permit, and so after a three month delay, Portland gave up and he lost his chance to head stateside. The source of the problem was a conviction Gilbert had picked up for being drunk and disorderly during an incident in 2008 whilst on loan at Leicester - as a result the US authorities turned down his Visa application.
More recently, during this summer, he's been on trial with last Tuesday's opponents Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but their plans to sign him were thwarted by a calf injury he picked up. He then moved on to Milton Keynes Dons where he played in a pre-season friendly for them. Since then though, he's been training at Yeovil Town, and a protracted attempt to sign him up has finally come to an end.
Kerrea joins on a short term deal until January and will take Squad No. 15. He has been signed from Portland Timbers, who retained his player registration, on a free transfer.
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