League One new boys Gillingham are to open talks with former Oldham midfielder Kevin Maher about a return to the club this week.
The 32-year-old spent time on loan with the Gills at the back end of their unsuccessful battle against relegation in 2007/08 and elected to move to Boundary Park ahead of a switch to Priestfield last summer.
However, he has now been released by the Latics and manager Mark Stimson is hoping to tempt him to make a permanent move to Kent this time around.
"It was a massive disappointment to miss out on him last year," Stimson told KentOnline. "If we had him in the team last season we wouldn't have made the play-offs, we would have won the league.
"I didn't come across a midfielder in League Two who came anywhere near him, apart from maybe the lad at Bradford, Dean Furman, who was on loan from Glasgow Rangers.
"He's someone who would be a very good addition to the group. I'm hoping we can bash out a deal and he can come and join us but we can't count our chickens."
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