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Date: 08-05-15 gif So what's happened so far?
As with the fans of any club, come the end of a disappointing season, the fans of Kidderminster Harriers are expecting the worst.  We ended our campaign in sixteenth place, the worst in many a long season, and finally we have seen the fruits of a sick tree fall to the floor.

Danny Lewis Against a background of poor management, poor boardroom decisions and under performing players the crowd figures actually stayed strong with an average loss of around 250 compared to the start of the season figures of 1650 against Alfreton and Dartford to the end of the season when our last two normal home games against Dover and Braintree bought in 1400: the two games at home to Bristol and Barnet were not indicative of previous games so cannot be considered.

We now have the dismantling of the side underway and then once that is completed the trawling of lower placed clubs in an effort to give us the chance of falling no lower than the season gone.  Even before the official retained list has been bought out we have seen some important players already pre-empting that and have already gone from the club.  A week ago we were given the news that Danny Lewis (right) and Callum Gittings had decided to leave after five seasons with the club.

Danny was our first choice keeper since his return to us.  He was formerly here at Aggborough for two seasons from 2004 to 2006 but left the club to join Moor Green and then Redditch.  He has now re-joined the later re-incarnation of the Moors now that they have merged with Solihull to form Solihull Moors.

Callum Gittings joined us from Alvechurch and he struggled to adapt to full time football at first but he slowly made more and more appearances until he became one of the first names on the team sheet.  Sadly, even after winning most of the end of the season awards at the end of the 2013-14 season, he somehow dropped out of favour under Gary Whild and rarely featured.  When he did play he seemed to lack confidence and was never the force he once was.  Callum has also joined up with Danny at Solihull.

At the same time those two were preparing to leave came the expected news that Kevin Nicholson was to leave the club.  Nicho came here at the start of the season and featured in every game even though he didn't have a contract with us, just expenses for travelling up here from his home in Torquay.  He was finally handed that contract around Christmas but that was only until the end of the season so it was obvious he wanted to keep his options open.  With our poor results, combined with a lack of wages and the travelling, it was a no brainer really that Kevin would seek employ elsewhere.  He had made no secret of his desire to stay down south and the chance to have a role to play at his beloved Torquay Utd but that seems to have taken a knock with their manager Chris Hargreaves telling him there was no job available.  With the amount of clubs down there Nicho will be ok though.

Towards the end of this week there were rumours that our second string keeper, Jasbir Singh, was also leaving.  That was confirmed yesterday but the more surprising news that came out on Tuesday evening via the Dover website was astounding.

Jamie Grimes On there it stated that the Harriers central defender Jamie Grimes (left) had just signed for the club and this was confirmed shortly afterwards on Jamies own Twitter feed where he thanked the fans and players of KHFC.  To say that no one saw that one coming is a bit of an understatement because we all thought that with the imminent departure of Josh Gowling to Grimsby then Grimes would have been the main man at the back.  He would still have needed an older head by him though because he did lack a bit of maturity when it came to clearing his lines resulting in high flying birds avoiding the skies over Aggborough for ninety minutes on a Saturday afternoon.

The question now is wether other players who we had expected to stay, Jared Hodgkiss and Jack Byrne, will also see Jamies leaving as a comment on the Harriers and how it is run at all levels.  After all why leave a full time club with potential for one two hundred miles away and playing part time in front of small crowds.  If those two mentioned did go then we would be left with Academy kids and the return of young loan players along with just two, maybe three, older heads from Danny Wright, Craig Reid, Josh O'Keefe, Lee Hughes and Reece Styche.

We now await the official cull and, with our financial problems, that could be interesting.

In the past week we also heard news of former Harriers players with the most surprising possibly being Martin Riley being released by Mansfield Town, along with Simon Heslop, after making thirty eight appearances for them last season and getting the player of the season award too.  Two other Harriers there, Luke Jones and Matty Blair have been offered new contracts.

As expected relegated Cheltenham would be having a clearout in preparation for coming back to where it all began for them.  The one remaining former Harrier at Waddle Road is Lee Vaughan.  He joined them last season on a two year contract but now finds that could possibly be halved after being placed on the transfer list.  He can't be on there for the lump sum that Cheltenham would want coming their way but for the fact that he could be carrying the blame for their relegation.  It's ironic that his team mate with us, Mickey Demetriou, has reaped the benefits of his move into the football league and gained promotion with Shrewsbury.

And Leon Clarke has been released by Wolves so is now looking for his nineteenth club.

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