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Better late than never the Harriers have finally started on the re-building of a side that has been decimated by well known players departing for pastures new since last season ended.  Gary Whild, the Harriers manager, had already bought a few new players in but, no disrespect to them, they weren't exactly the household names that the fans were expecting.  To be honest neither are the three bought in so far but at least two of those do have some pedigree.

Joe Clarke Lathaniel Rowe-Turner (hereinafter referred to as LRT) was the first to come in on Monday and he'll be filling the left back role that was vacated by Kevin Nicholson.  He has joined us from Alfreton but in the past has turned out for Luton and Torquay Utd so he has some pedigree.

Next day in came Joe Clarke (right) after having been released by Wrexham a few weeks previously.  The young midfielder had been linked to us for a while now so his arrival was not really a surprise and it's to be hoped that he will be the midfield general that we have been missing since Kyle Storer left us in January.  There is still another player to come in that could be our general and also with more pedigree but more on him when he arrives (you already know who it's going to be anyway)

The third new face to come in was also needed because until his arrival we weren't in possession of a goalkeeper.  Alex Palmer is his name and he's come in on a youth loan from West Brom until January 2016 with them paying his wages.  He has just signed a new two year contract at the Hawthorns so will never become permanent for us barring a change of mind by the Premiership giants.  We do still need a second keeper, or a first keeper considering that Palmer is only eighteen and a bit short of experience, so that could be something to look out for next week.

There is very little other news to report on with many players and staff just beginning to return from their holidays (Rome was wonderful btw, very hot but such a fascinating city).  Possibly the most newsworthy is the legendary Harriers Arms being re-named to The Final Whistle.  A truly cringeworthy name and one that hopefully will be changed back one day soon.

The club are to launch a Futsal scheme in an effort to bring youngsters through the ranks.  There are a few disgruntled people though that already run youth teams with the aim of nurturing them for stardom at Aggborough one day.  The Development Centre is onesuch that have many teams covering different age groups under their wings but that is only until they reach fifteen years of age.  This new scheme will be taking the best players from that up to the age of nineteen to really enable them to break through.

The other news is of the annual Kids Fun Day at Aggborough.  This will be on Thursday August 6th and will include watching the players training, autograph signing and no doubt a bit of 'face painting for the children'.  It's a great free event for the kids so stick that in your diary.


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STOP PRESS: The fourth new player expected to sign, Kelvin Langmead, has today returned to the club he left eleven years ago.





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