Manager the key for Harriers new signing Hodgkiss

Worcester News: Manager the key for Harriers new signing Hodgkiss Manager the key for Harriers new signing Hodgkiss

NEW signing Jared Hodgkiss has said manager Gary Whild was the main reason he agreed to join Kidderminster Harriers this week.

The 27-year-old put pen to paper on a one-year deal after leaving Forest Green Rovers.

Hodgkiss fills the gap left at right-back by Lee Vaughan, although he is comfortable playing on the other side as well.

He began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion, but made his name at the New Lawn after joining in 2009 and making 170 appearances, including a spell as skipper.

“I spoke to quite a few players who played under the manager and they had nothing but good things to say about him, so that was a big thing for me,” he said.

Whild has had a busy summer so far, bolstering Kidderminster’s squad with five new faces to date.

Hodgkiss joins Craig Reid, Reece Styche, Jasbir Singh and Ahmed Obeng on the roster of fresh faces.

Speaking of Hodgkiss, Whild said: “It’s always a benefit that a lad can play in a couple of positions.

“We looked long and hard about bringing lads in and there has been no shortage in the full-back area.

“It was important we got the right person and that person is Jared.

“We’re delighted to get him on board,” added Whild. “It’s great to have somebody with his experience and he definitely fits the bill.”

Meanwhile, BetVictor have made Harriers one of the title favourites for the 2014-15 Conference Premier.

Relegated Bristol Rovers are 6-1 to win automatic promotion, with Harriers and Forest Green at 8-1.

The Football Conference has announced that fixtures for the 2014-15 season will be available from 3pm next Friday.

Originally scheduled for Monday, July 7, the change of date will allow five full weeks for fans to take advantage of special travel offers.

Caution is advised though in respect of Premier Division fixtures, as BT Sport will, as soon as possible, be selecting their first pick of live matches as part of up to 30 Football Conference Premier Division fixtures to be screened during the season.

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