Adie Smith retires early
In a shock announcement from the club today it has been learned that the Harriers stalwart, Adie Smith, has decided to leave the professional game and has joined Conference side, Tamworth, on an eighteen month deal.
Adie recently suffered a bereavement in his family when his Mother died prior to the replay against Wolves a month ago. He missed the game at Mansfield and sat out last weeks game at Oxford but has now decided that, for personal reasons, it would be better for him to leave the professional game.
Adie joined the Harriers from Bromsgrove Rovers in August 1997 for a fee, thought to be around £19,000. He soon became a regular in Graham Allners side and still remained so when Jan Molby joined. When we entered the Football League many thought that Adie would struggle to adjust to life in the League but he did. So much so that he became respected as one of the better defenders in the 3rd Division.
Adie's leaving see's just Dean Bennett, Craig Hinton, Scott Stamps and Stuart Brock left from our Conference days. It's also a bit worrying that today the club also said that Nick Heath had left the club in search of a game and this turn of events will leave the club back down to the bare bones needed for survival.
Jan has spoken this week about bringing a new left sided player in, who that would be no-one knows, but he may have to look at a few more now.
Harriers-Online wishes Adie, and Nick, all the best for the future. I hope that Adie will make an appearance tomorrow so all the fans can thank him in the most deserving way possible. A resounding round of applause.