He actually started his career at one half of the original club when he played for Moor Green and then mooched around other lower Midlands clubs before joining up with the Harriers under Steve Burr in 2010. His five years with the Harriers saw him blossom into a fine midfielder that could score goals but sadly his injury record was poor. No fault of Jacks but he did seem prone. His worst injury, a form of gastroenteritis, kept him out most of the season at one stage and on his comeback he then snapped his Achilles tendon meaning he would miss another two or three months. After that he was in and out of the side on many occasions.
Now he's joined up with other Harriers, Danny Lewis, Callum Gittings and Akwase Asante that have gone to Solihull in recent weeks attracted by the high part time wages and also the chance to play under former Harriers legend Marcus Bignot.
Returning to the Harriers is the former Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Tim Flowers in a coaching role. He was with us a few years back but left to coach at Nottm Forest under Stuart Pearce until the former England defenders dismissal midway through last season. He just needs a keeper to coach now because we still don't seem to have one yet.
Also behind the scenes the club have appointed fans activist Dave Pountney as the new commercial manager and already he has made his presence felt with gift vouchers and the sales of perimeter boards looking healthy. Returning to the club is the former media manager Matt Wall. Matt is now known as Matt Paddock following his marriage last weekend to Charlotte Paddock and in a twist to the normal practice he has taken Charlottes surname to keep that family name going. Matt left the club a few months ago to join the Midlands Air Ambulance but will take his old role back up again once he returns from his honeymoon.
On the playing front we have just Jake Green signing a new contract and he'll be playing on a new pitch next season now that our ploughed field from last season has now been repaired and re-sown. What pictures we've seen so far it all looks good although it is early days yet.
The Harriers manager, Gary Whild, is said to be looking to bring in a couple of experienced players next week but we have no idea who they could be just yet. They are both believed to have extensive knowledge of the Football League and also the Conference and we have been told that they will be names that every fan will know already. Our former keeper Adam Bartlett has just been released by Gateshead and we are in need of a decent keeper but will he be prepared to move back down here and also give up his other job on the Newcastle Utd coaching staff?
Other former Harriers players moving around include Lee Fowler who has left Crawley Town to join the Wrexham revolution under Gary Mills. Leaving Wrexham is Kyle Storer who has joined up with Conference newcomers Cheltenham along with Amari Morgan Smith who has now departed Oldham after one season.
Lower down Jas Singh has joined Gloucester City, Ryan Rowe has left Brackley to move nearer home with Stourbridge, Duane Courtney has left relegated Alfreton for Sutton Coldfield Town and from the far and distant past Michael McGrath (remember him?) has gone from Alvechurch to Rushall Olympic.
Me? I'm off on me hols for a week so no doubt I'll have loads of exciting news to return home to. Sayonara and Adios Amigo.
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