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Date: 10-01-13 gif Fleetwood land Jamma Matt in their nets
Just a few days after signing an eighteen month extension to his contract the Harriers star striker, Jamille Matt, has left the club to join our former Conference colleagues Fleetwood Town.  The deal was triggered by a clause in the contract that stated if any club made an offer that met that trigger, thought to be in the region of £300,000, then Jamille could enter talks with them.

When it was originally drawn up it was set at that level to put off the lower placed League clubs like Northampton and Cheltenham who had both come calling in recent weeks.  At the same time the level would then be easily within the reach of much higher placed clubs like West Brom, Sheffield Utd and Wolves who also have been showing some interest in the high scoring youngster.

Jamille Matt signing for Fleetwood The last thing that the Kidderminster Harriers board expected was for a comparative minnow to meet that figure but they obviously didn't consider cash rich Fleetwood.

This afternoon came the sudden news from our club that Jamille was only in talks with them but at the same time Fleetwood were parading their new signing 'proudly' holding the shirt but not quite 'kissing the badge' in a photograph that, more or less, confirmed that he has already put pen to paper.

Jamma signed for the Harriers in November 2010 from local side Sutton Coldfield where he had been playing for quite a long time without a contract.  At first this didn't raise any eyebrows but once his right of residency became an issue two years later then it became clear the reason why.

Before then he had come on in leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Steve Burr and Gary Whild and made twenty two appearances for the club in his first season with fourteen of those coming from the bench.  He scored three times.

In the following season he made thirty eight appearances and scored fourteen goals before his season ended prematurely in mid March 2012 following his selection for his first Non League England cap.  It came to light that there were problems with his passport and his eligibility to actually be living in this country at all let alone getting an England cap.

Now it was all down to waiting for the civil service to come back from lunch and sort the mess out.  It was a long lunch.

Finally a few months ago, the day before our game at Telford, came the news that it had all been sorted out and Jamma could stay.  We'll gloss over the Sheffield Utd episode for now.

In his eight full games since then he has scored eight times including a stunning hat trick at home to Newport a couple of weeks ago.  It was obvious the vultures would come looking sooner than later.

It goes without saying that all Harriers fans will be wishing Jamma well with this move and that he can continue to bang in the goals as he did with us.  Just one thing:

Fleetwood? How? Why?

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