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Date: 13-08-2009 gif Harriers bring in a new striker
Robbie Matthews After weeks of chasing, Mark Yates finally got his man today when the Salisbury City striker, Robbie Matthews, signed a two year contract for us.  Now we have a much needed strike partner for Matt Barnes-Homer.

In the first two games so far this season MBH has looked rather isolated up front since Justin Richards left to go to Cheltenham Town at the end of last season and it was obvious that he needed someone alongside him if he was to re-create that forty goal partnership that he had with Justin.

Although Matthews is not an out and out striker he's a tall lad and good enough in the air to win balls and knock them down for MBH to convert.  The only problem I have with this is that we might be seeing too much long ball being played to Robbie when most Harriers followers would prefer to see football played the proper way.  On the ground.

Matthews, a crowd favourite at Salisbury, hadn't been paid by his former club since before the end of last season and so, according to FA rules, could leave for another club if the situation wasn't resolved.  It's believed that he did receive part of his salary a few hours before the three months was up but he still demanded a transfer from City to Aggborough.

The fee for his services is thought to be around £5,000 and this could also be the outstanding salary that Salisbury had failed to pay him.  So basically we've got him for free then but hypothetically paid his wages through the summer - something that as a club we are not normally too keen on.


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