RETURNING Kidderminster Harriers hero Johnny Mullins hopes to repay supporters' faith in him against Hereford United on Saturday.

The versatile Mullins was a popular figure with the crowd last season with his long-term loan move funded by the Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters Trust.

This time, it is believed the Harriers Premier Group -- made up of businessmen -- have stumped up the cash for an initial one-month stay from Reading.

And Mullins, 19, will want to keep up his fine form in derbies at home to the Bulls after bagging the winner to beat Cheltenham Town 1-0 in the last campaign.

He said: "I always seem to love the derby games for some reason. The fans are so passionate and it's great to be a part of.

"I'll never forget the reception they gave me in my last game here. It was very emotional for me and I really hope I can perform to the same level as I did before, maybe even a little better.

"It's still my long-term aim to get into the Reading side but I'm here at Kidderminster at the moment and, if I'm honest, there are very few other places I'd rather be."

Meanwhile, teenage midfielder Simon Heslop has extended his work experience loan move from Barnsley into a third month.