Livingston boss David Martindale is thrilled that the club has signed striker Gavin Reilly. Reilly agreed to leave English side Carlisle United by mutual consent when it emerged that he had the chance to move back to Scotland.

It turns out that the move was to Livingston. The 27-year-old has signed an 18-month deal with the club. Now Maritindale has revealed that he is pleased to get the deal done. He disclosed that he is a long-term admirer of the player.

“A very good move”

“Gavin is a player I’ve been trying to sign in most transfer windows since he moved away from St Mirren a few seasons ago. I nearly had him signed in 2018. But he opted to go down to Bristol Rovers. And, at the time, it was a very good move for him” he said.

Hayes And Yeading v Carlisle United - FA Cup First Round

Gavin Reilly has joined Livingston on an 18-month deal (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

“While at St Mirren, Gavin always impressed me. And, as most of you will remember, he was prolific the season St Mirren won the Scottish Championship. I really liked his style of play and he always caused us problems when he was playing against us. He caught my eye that campaign on a number of occasions” Martindale went on.

Can play key role in next few months and beyond

The Livingston boss feels that Reilly can play a key role in helping Livingston navigate what will be a busy second-half of the season and beyond.

Hayes And Yeading v Carlisle United - FA Cup First Round

Gavin Reilly in action for his former club Carlisle United (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

“I’m delighted to get Gavin on a 18-month contract as I feel he will be a valuable player in the coming months. He is most definitely a player who will enhance the squad we already have here at the club.

“It’s very important that we don’t just bring in players who can help with the short-term fixtures scheduling. We need to be adding quality which in turn will help us all over the coming months and beyond that” he concluded.

Reilly could make his debut for Livingston against Ross County on Saturday.

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