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Championship club target Joe Lolley swoop
9:00am Friday 10th January 2014 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
REPLACING highly-rated striker Joe Lolley looks set to be priority number one for new Kidderminster Harriers manager Andy Thorn.
Thorn was named as successor to the sacked Steve Burr on Wednesday and takes charge of his first match against Salisbury City at Aggborough in the Skrill Premier tomorrow (3pm).
But that could well be the last league game in a Harriers shirt for Lolley as the goal-getter, who has netted seven times this season since joining from Littleton, is on the radar of a Championship club believed to be Huddersfield Town.
League One high-fliers Peterborough United, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Harriers in the FA Cup last Saturday, have tried to sign the player but manager Darren Ferguson expects him to go elsewhere, probably after next Tuesday’s third round replay.
Thorn has inherited a team only outside of the play-off places on goal difference but would need to find fresh blood in attack should Lolley leave.
Michael Gash is top-scorer with 10 but fellow forwards Anthony Malbon and Amari Morgan-Smith have only netted six.
Thorn will want to get Harriers back on track in the league and is looking to strengthen the side during the transfer window after chairman Mark Serrell said achieving promotion to the Football League was the club’s sole objective.
Harriers won only once in non-league’s top-flight during December, a 2-1 win over Hereford, and lost 6-0 at Luton.
Centre-half Chey Dunkley could return after serving his one-match ban against Peterborough but midfielder Callum Gittings is sidelined with hamstring and shoulder injuries.
Salisbury are just two points behind Kidderminster in the table, having won two and drawn one of their last three matches.