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He is eligible to make his debut for the Gills in Saturday's League One game at home to Coventry City.

Left-back Garmston, 21, impressed for the Gills last season in making nine appearances while on loan at the Priestfield Stadium.

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The 24-year-old's short-term deal was due to expire on Sunday.

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In 2008 Garmston was ranked as one of the top sprinters for his age in the UK. He finished 2nd in the 200m at the English Schools Championships.[25]

He has represented Republic of Ireland at under-19 and under-17 level.[23] In 2014, Garmston was called up by the Republic of Ireland U21 squad and made his debut for the U21 team.[24]

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Bradley Jordan Garmston (born 18 January 1994) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Gillingham.

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At the end of the 2014–15 season, Garmston was released by the club.[11]

Garmston, a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, is also eligible to play for the Kent club in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Edinburgh added: “He’s a left back who is just as good getting forward as he is defending and I look forward to working with him during pre-season and beyond.”

Meanwhile, Gills right-back Gavin Hoyte, who has made 17 appearances this season, has extended his contract with the League One club until 19 May.

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Gillingham have signed Bradley Garmston on a three-year contract from West Bromwich Albion.

Garmston signed an initial one-year contract with West Brom.[6] The club, again, opted to take up their option of a contract extension on Garmston to stay for another season.[7] Garmston made his West Brom debut in the pre-season friendly against Port Vale on 5 August 2014.[8][9] Garmston was given number thirty-three for the 2014–15 season.[10]

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Garmston said: “I’m very pleased to have agreed a deal that enables me to return to the club and I am now looking forward to the season ahead.”

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The 20-year-old left-back came through the Premier League club's youth system, but is yet to make his senior debut for the Baggies.

On 14 February 2013, Garmston joined Colchester United on a one-month youth loan, later extended to the end of the 2012–13 season.[5][12] He made his Football League debut in Colchester's 3–0 away defeat to Sheffield United on 16 February.[13] He made his 13th and final appearance for Colchester on the final day of the season, coming on as a substitute for George Porter in a 2–0 win at Carlisle United, helping the club avoid relegation.[14]

Garmston, born in Chorley, England, is a product of the West Bromwich Albion academy, making a number of appearances for the club's development squad. He was educated at The Cathedral School, Lichfield, and King Edward's School, Birmingham. He was spotted by West Bromwich Albion whilst playing for non-League side Sutton Coldfield Town.[4][5]

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Garmston's father, Michael, was Head Physiotherapist to the British Olympic athletics teams in 1992 Barcelona, 1996 and 2000.[26] Garmston's mother, Sonia Lannaman won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia. She also won gold in the 1978 Commonwealth Games individual 100m.[5]

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New signing Garmston had a loan spell with Colchester last season, featuring 13 times.

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Garmston returned to The Hawthorns at the end of February through injury, but was released by Albion at the end of the season.

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Manager Justin Edinburgh said: “Bradley was impressive during his loan spell with us and I have no doubt he will be a valuable asset to us now he’s with us permanently.”