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Editor's Comment: Mystery Over Financial Problems For Harriers

What is really happening at Kidderminster Harriers?


The Conference club have been the victims of a mass playing-staff exodus of recent weeks, albeit some are loan deals with others being loan deals until a permanent move can be ratified in January. With all due respect, it'd be more understandable if it was players that are sitting on the fringes of the first-team looking to get more game time elsewhere.

However, it has been several players which have helped deliver impressive and gradual success to Aggborough over recent seasons. Jas Singh and Josh O'Keefe were among the first players to depart for loan moves to Gloucester City and Chester FC respectively. Reece Styche moved to Tamworth, before fellow forward Michael Gash left in order to join league rivals Nuneaton Town. Cheyenne Dunkley and Nathan Blissett, two players who've excelled significantly following their moves from lower down the Non-League Pyramid back in 2012, have agreed permanent deals in January with Oxford United and Bristol Rovers after their current loan spells.

Most avid non-league followers will be aware of certain financial constraints which are currently settling a dark cloud over Aggborough, but how deep must those problems run if so many instrumental players can be allowed to exit?

Ernie and Kath Lane, former directors at the club, relinquished their positions in July 2014 which saw Harriers seek legal advice over their departures.

Chairman Ken Rae claimed that money was "contractually committed" to the club for the 2013/14 season, but the money was not forthcoming which sparked the legal proceedings to begin.

With a £700,000 bid submitted by Championship side Huddersfield Town for star striker Joe Lolley in January 2014, Harriers accepted. The move went through and only ten days later, they were playing in the FA Cup Fourth Round against Premier League outfit Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. It would seem apparent that financial constraints would not be an issue following two significant 'pay days'.

Kidderminster Harriers' Independent Supporters Trust stepped in to assist the club during the summer following the Lane departures with a £21,000 investment to the board for players' wages, in return for a transfer of shares.

So how can there be such a precarious financial situation at the club? I'm sure that all will transpire before long, and it can only be hoped that the current difficulties don't have too much of a damaging affect on this excellent club.

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