After a fair amount of surmising from Harriers fans along with fans of Mansfield Town and Oxford Utd that he would be signing for them he finally opted to join local rivals Cheltenham Town on a one year contract.
The Robins were relegated to League Two last season after struggling at a higher level for the previous two terms. Their relegation was the classic example of a club playing well above their level and a shortage of funds to bring in new players.
Martin Allen, their manager, had a clearout at the end of the season and now needs to rebuild the side on a shoestring with Richards his first signing.
Justin originally signed for us exactly two years ago after being released from Peterborough Utd. He had signed for them following an impressive couple of seasons at Woking when he bagged a total of thirty six goals for them in eighty nine games. Although he failed to set the Fens alight his record for us was very similar to his time at Woking and he scored twenty eight times in seventy seven games for us.
He was sent out on loan to Oxford at the end of the 07-08 season after also failing to make an initial impression for us but he returned with a vengeance.
His strike partner from last season, Barnes-Homer, has been in talks with the Harriers about a new contract but those talks seem to have faltered and MBH is now rumoured to be joining Oxford sometime this week. To be honest if MBH was allowed to leave Aggborough after Mark Yates publically stating that he wants him to stay then it will speak volumes about what the remaining players really think about our un-ambitious club.
A former Harrier on the move today was Gareth Sheldon. This striker? of the famous 'corner flag' quote was the leading scorer for newly promoted to the BSP side Tamworth last season but with his contract at The Lamb now at an end he has mysteriously decided to sign for Kings Lynn. The Linnets were unfairly demoted from the Blue Square North into the Unibond after their ground was deemed to be not good enough for the BSN but Hampton & Richmonds very poor ground was.
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