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27th march 2003 
Ex Chelt star? signs for Harriers

After waiting all day for the Harriers to sign someone on transfer deadline day they swoop at the very last minute and sign the ex Cheltenham midfielder Hugh McAuley.

McAuley originally signed for the Robins when they first went into the football league 4 years ago but was never a crowd favourite.  In total he made 86 appearances for them, scoring just eleven goals.

Hugh McAuley He was originally released by Steve Cotterill just before he left to manage Stoke City but when Graham Allner took over the reins at Whaddon Rd he decided to keep him.  Since then Allner has been sacked and Bobby Gould has taken over.

McAuley was told that he didn't figure in Goulds plans for next season (and, according to rumours down that way, neither does Richard Forsyth) and could leave.

He has signed for the Harriers until the end of this season.

Other players that we were interested in were Michael Branch from Wolves but he first decided to sign for Bradford City instead.  He then had egg on his face when Bradford pulled out at the last minute and left Branch in limbo.

Andy Rammell the ex Walsall striker who went to Wycombe was also on his list but he decided to sign for his old boss Ray Graydon at Bristol Rovers instead.

Jimmy Cox from Gloucester City was also in the frame but decided to stay at Glaarster because he had either wanted more security than an end of season contract could give him or he had no ambition.

One ex Harrier on the move yesterday was Ian Joy.  He was supposed to be going back home to the USA but in an attempt to avoid the draft he signed for Chester City instead.

We will also have to say goodbye to Wes Morgan after the Macclesfield game this weekend because Nottm Forest have recalled him back to the City Ground for the rest of the season.  He was being treated for a back injury and may not make an appearance on Saturday anyway.
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