Cody & Gills; A match made in heaven….

Sometimes in sport there are certain things that just fit.

In tennis, Rafael Nadal loves Roland Garos in a way that Roger Federer loves Wimbledon.

In Formula One certain drivers love certain tracks, in cricket certain players prefer certain grounds.

In our own sport of football Alan Shearer loved playing for Newcastle United in the same way that Matt Le Tissier loved playing for Southampton.

Whatever the reason is for these individuals loving certain surfaces, certain grounds or certain clubs, something just seems to click.

The very same thing has happened at the MEMS Priestfield with Gillingham Football Club and Cody McDonald, who has just signed a new contract to keep him at the club until at least the summer of 2017.

Having originally arrived on loan for the 2010-11 season in League Two, the now 28 year old Cody immediately endeared himself to the Gills faithful with 25 goals in his maiden campaign as he and Adebayo Akinfenwa struck up the very definition of a little and large partnership.

His second spell was shorter than the first, as he arrived – again on loan – for the tail end of the title winning League Two campaign of 2012-13, and once again he hit the ground running with four goals in just seven appearances.

This prompted chairman Paul Scally to secure the diminutive hit man on a permanent deal, and he has continued to score goals ever since.

Sixteen in all competitions helped keep the Gills in League One at the end of 2013-14, and he has already matched that total this campaign as the club still have an outside chance of the Play Offs.

His signing of a new contract means he will be with the club until the age of 30, so all the Gills faithful will be hopeful that he will end his career with the club.

Down the years there have been some top top strikers to play for the club.

Tony Cascarino, Steve Lovell, Ade Akinbiyi, Robert Taylor, Iffy Onuora and Andy Thomson are all strikers that will go down in Gills folklore for one reason for another.

With his undying loyalty, his hard working attitude and his ability to score goals – he now has 62 goals in 135 games – Cody is well on his way to securing his place in that list.

Sometimes, somewhere, something just fits.


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