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Date: 27-01-15 gif The Captain leaves Kiddy
Kyle Storer In a shock announcement earlier today the club released the news that the club captain, Kyle Storer (right), was to leave the Harriers with immediate effect.  The move has been classed as a 'clause' in his contract that has allowed him to leave by mutual consent but the fact that he hasn't made an appearance in the side since the home defeat to Macclesfield two weeks ago makes you wonder what has been going on.  Was Storer made the scapegoat for that defeat and for our exit to Altrincham in the Trophy the previous week?

The talk in recent days, since his non appearance at Chester last Saturday - another defeat - was of a possible bug in the camp and he was being kept away for that reason.  Three weeks is a long time for a bug unless it was of Ebola proportions.  Today the truth came out.  Kind of.

Within a couple of hours of his exit came the news that Kyle had signed for rivals Wrexham and they were looking at it as some kind of coup even though it must have been in the discussion stages for quite a while.  Players don't move on a whim and get snapped up a hour or two later without a bit of groundwork by the buyer first.

Kyle joined us back in July 2011 and made an immediate impact right from the start with his combative, never say die attitude.  It was that attitude that got him into trouble on many occasions and the forty two bookings plus two red cards are testament to that.

Also testament is the way that he could rally the team when the chips were down and his sheer enjoyment of the game when we had played well win or lose.

In the four and a bit years at Aggborough he has played in a total of hundred and fifty two games and scored fourteen times.  He joined us from Nuneaton where he had been highly respected by their fans but before that he had been at Tamworth when he first came onto the radar of the former Harriers manager Mark Yates.  Yates tried to sign him at the time but Storer didn't want to leave the Staffordshire club then changed his mind when Steve Burr raided his former club for the firebrand midfielder.

Now an era in Harriers history is over and a player that divided feelings between the fans is no longer with us.  Going by recent events if any player is to be bought in to replace him he's going to be a fresh faced kid from a club that plays in front of one man and his dog.

We'll miss him.

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