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12th December 2003 
Jan makes double signing

Early today the Harriers started spending some of their FA Cup money in advance when they signed Lee Jenkins and Scott Rickards from Swansea City and Tamworth respectively.

Jenkins, who has come in on a free transfer, was originally signed by Jan Molby as a 17yr old when he was in charge down there.  Now aged 24 he had been a regular in the Swansea side until this term when he played in the first 11 games and then lost his place.  He has not started a game since the home LDV defeat against Southend at the start of November.

The one bonus here is that he won't be cup tied for our FA Cup game against Wolves in the New Year.

Lee made 181 appearances for the Swans scoring just four goals along the way.  He has signed an eighteen month contract and will be having the number 8 shirt.

Rickards was signed later this morning on a similar kind of deal with the exception being that a fee was paid to Tamworth for his services.  This was un-disclosed but will probably be more than the 12,000 that was dismissed by the Tamworth management earlier in the week.

Rickards began his career at Derby County as an apprentice when he was only 11yrs old.  After nine years he eventually made it to the first team squad but still failed to make a really big impression there and was sent out on loan to Walsall, Mansfield and Oldham before signing for Doc Martens side Tamworth in July 2001.

He scored 17 goals in their League winning side that year but failed to regain those heights in the Conference.

Now 22yrs old, Rickards will be wearing the number 16 shirt and is also be available for the Cup game.

I hope that both players will be good for us even though I'm not happy with the background to the Rickards deal.  I also hope that players are not released to pay for these two because we obviously will have to money available soon and also because I think we need to enlarge the squad and not make excuses to keep it at the low level that it's been in recent weeks.
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