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Harriers hope to include Matt in squad to face Telford
12:00pm Friday 16th November 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
JAMILLE Matt could make his long-awaited return for Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow after being given the green light to play by the UK Border Agency.
The 23-year-old striker has been ineligible for Harriers for nine months because of issues regarding his British citizenship, highlighted after being called up by England ‘C’.
During that time, Matt, who scored 14 goals last season before his enforced break, has been training with Harriers but the club did not know when he would be available for action.
However, his application has now been approved and the Aggborough outfit are trying to get him registered in time for tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet Premier trip to Telford United (3pm).
Manager Steve Burr admitted the news came out of the blue but was delighted to have his marksman back.
He said: “We are very pleased, it’s a great bit of news for everyone concerned with the club and I am pleased for the lad because it’s been a bit frustrating.
“There’s been a lot of hard work done behind the scenes to get it sorted but it did come out of the blue.
“It’s like having a new signing. Only 12 months ago he was creating a lot of interest in the Football League but the main thing is to get him back involved and playing again.”
Should Matt be involved at the New Bucks Head, it would be two years to the week since he made his Harriers debut after joining from Sutton Coldfield Town.
Burr will be hoping Matt can pick up where he left off as Harriers seek to pull further away from the Blue Square Bet Premier danger zone.
Last Saturday’s 1-0 victory against bottom-of-the-table Nuneaton Town, courtesy of Josh Gowling’s 89th minute header, was their first in four league games and leaves them just two points above the bottom four.
Burr added: “A win puts you in a better frame of mind going into the next game and it was no more than we deserved against Nuneaton.”
Keeper Danny Lewis could retain his place after Nathan Vaughan injured an ankle during the warm-up last weekend, while midfielder James Vincent (groin) will be assessed nearer kick-off.
Manager Andy Sinton’s Telford have drawn their last three league games but are without a win in their last six in all competitions.