Gloucestershire Live have reported that former Hearts and St Mirren striker Gavin Reilly has moved on loan to Cheltenham Town. Currently with English League One side Bristol Rovers, it appears the 26-year-old has dropped a division to rediscover his once prolific form.
So where did it all go wrong?
Initially a Reilly promising striker
It took for Queen of the South’s relegation in 2011-12 for the Doonhamers to see their young striker emerge. His breakthrough year saw him grab 12 goals in the Scottish Second Division as Queens bounced straight back into the second tier.
Double figures proved a popular theme for Reilly who even had a brief trial with English Championship side Brentford inbetween after a total of 44 goals in 80 starts for his hometown team.
Prolific at Palmerston, troubled at Tynecastle
Despite the Championship containing Rangers, Hibs and eventual winners Hearts in the 2014-15 season, the QotS striker still grabbed double figures in goals. Hearts romped to the title and took Reilly with them and this was ultimately the beginning of his downfall.
Reilly bagged just four league goals in maroon and the following season was sent to Dunfermline Athletic of the Championship. The 2016-17 season saw him score once in the Championship for the Pars, away at the Jambos’ rivals Hibs, before joining St Mirren on a permanent deal.
Back to his best at the Buddies, poor at the Pirates
Jack Ross’ St Mirren clinched promotion from the second tier. And Reilly was one of a few players to score double figures in league goals. However, a summer of change saw both manager and player leave for pastures new.
With just four league goals at Bristol Rovers last term, it’s a shame to see a once talented forward fade away.
Here’s hoping that the Robins can give Reilly a fresh start and see him back to his goalscoring best.