The twenty two year old has scored 7 goals in the last 5 matches for FC United to bring his club goal scoring record to 29 from 62 games.
Gilchrist follows Nathan Lowe as the second contracted player to leave the club to sign for Southport this season. In addition to the fees paid to capture Gilchrist and Lowe, FC United could benefit in the future with a selling on clause built into the deal between the clubs.
Tom Greaves, Caretaker Player/Manager said “Gilly has been magnificent for us this season. He’s a hard working lad who always gives his all to the shirt. It’s been a pleasure to play alongside him in recent weeks and I’ve no doubt that he’ll go on to great things”.
FC United CEO Damian Chadwick added;
“As a club we want to see young players flourish, but when another club is willing to pay a significant sum of money for our players, we have to do what is best for both the club and the player. In the case of Lowe and Gilchrist, we simply could not turn these offers down.
On behalf of everyone at the club, we would like to wish Jason all the very best in the future. He has played a crucial role for us since joining us at the beginning of the 2016/17 season and especially in recent weeks with some top quality strikes. We’d like to thank Southport for working with us to agree a deal that is of benefit to all parties.”
Born in St Helens, Gilchrist joined Manchester City in 2001 at the age of six. He spent ten years at the club and was top scorer in six of those seasons. He failed to earn a scholarship with Manchester City and in the summer of 2011 he joined Burnley on a two-year scholarship. In his first season in the youth team he scored 26 goals finishing as top goalscorer. In his second year in the youth team he scored 22 goals, which included a hat-trick at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup.