Former Reading FC legend Nicky Shorey has been appointed Head of Recruitment at League One side Gillingham.

Shorey joined the Royals in 2001 and played more than 300 times over two spells at the club.

A key member of the 2005/06 record-breaking Championship side, the left-back was capped twice for the England national team while playing in Berkshire, becoming the first Reading player to represent the Three Lions in over 100 years.

Going on to play for the likes of Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, Shorey retired from the professional game in 2016 but continued to play in the non-league system with Hungerford Town.

Appointed Academy Lead Scout at Reading in 2019, he has now found himself a new role with the Gills.

Gillingham chairman, Paul Scally, said: “We've been looking to appoint someone in the role of Head of Recruitment for a while now and we are delighted to have Nicky Shorey on board. His energy and enthusiasm for the position, along with his knowledge of the game, were key in our thinking process.

"He joins us immediately and we look forward to working with him."