Shots Sign Gills’ German

Aldershot Town have signed striker Antonio German on a one-month loan from Gillingham.

The 23 year-old, who can play in attack or as a winger, previously made four appearances for The Shots during a loan spell from Queens Park Rangers in October 2009. This season he has made 16 appearances for The Gills and scored two goals, after signing from Brentford in June 2013.

A prolific graduate of the Rangers’ youth team, German turned professional in May 2009 and went on to make 20 appearances for The R’s as well as enjoying loan periods with Southend United and Yeovil Town. Spells at Stockport County and Bromley followed his release from Loftus Road in 2011, before he signed an 18 month contract with Brentford in January 2012.

Initially joining Gillingham on loan in February 2013, he made the move permanent that summer, but spent the second half of the 2013-14 season on loan at Northampton Town. German had been a regular member of Peter Taylor’s matchday squad until the end of November – scoring an injury-time equaliser at Bradford City in his penultimate appearance – but a foot injury contributed to his absence from the team as Taylor was replaced by Justin Edinburgh.

“I played with Antonio when he was a kid at QPR and again when I was at Southend,” explained Chris Barker. “He’s played in League One this season for Gillingham and even though he’s dropping down two divisions to come to us it’s a good opportunity for him. He can play in two or three different positions, and hopefully he can come in and score goals. He’s ready to play and hopefully he’ll make our squad stronger.”

Antonio will wear shirt number 23 and is available to face Dartford on Saturday.