JAMES Constable has made his loan move from Walsall to Kidderminster Harriers permanent, putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The Aggborough club have paid the Saddlers an undisclosed fee for the 21-year-old hot-shot, who scored nine goals in 11 league and cup appearances while on loan.

Constable's form had apparently attracted several suitors, but the former Chippenham Town striker has agreed a deal with Harriers which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2008/09 season.

Boss Mark Yates said: "We're delighted to have James on board, we know what he's all about and he knows what we're about and he's a fantastic addition to the squad.

"He's a young, hungry player with bags of potential who wants to score goals and do well and he's also a decent lad. We're pleased to have agreed a deal with Walsall and we thank them for their co-operation."

Constable - who became the first Harriers' player to score a hat-trick since Bo Henriksen in 2003 with his FA Trophy treble at Vauxhall Motors - has formed a lethal partnership with Iyseden Christie.

The deadly duo's goal-scoring form has been one of the main factors behind the run that's seen Harriers win 10 out of their last 11 matches.

Constable is eligible to re-join the squad immediately in time for Saturday's FA Trophy third round tie with Braintree Town at Aggborough.