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Lolley completes Huddersfield switch
3:14pm Wednesday 15th January 2014 in Harriers
JOE Lolley has completed his move to Championship side Huddersfield Town.
The 21-year-old has moved for an initial fee thought to be in the region of £250,000.
But it is thought the package with add ons could be worth up to half a million pounds for Kidderminster.
The young striker joined Harriers in the summer from Midland Combination Littletons but scored 11 goals in 19 appearances.
Harriers Chairman Mark Serrell has confirmed that while the Club are to receive an initial six-figure sum for Lolley, the structure of the deal to take the player to Huddersfield is a more long-term one.
He said “I think I made it quite clear recently that Kidderminster Harriers was not in a position where it needed to sell any player so this isn’t about us simply gaining a large sum of money very quickly.
“Joe has been kept informed of where we’ve been in respect of dealings with clubs and he has been made a terrific offer from Huddersfield to go and play football in the Championship.
"He's performed fantastically on the pitch during all of this - not least last night - but his heart is set on what is something of a dream move for him and I don’t think anybody would want to see him denied that.
“So the two clubs have established a deal to make that happen and, as it our belief that this will not be Joe’s last big move in football, we’ve worked to ensure that Kidderminster Harriers is looked after in the future.”
The Chairman also added that funds will remain available to manager Andy Thorn to strengthen his squad at Aggborough.
“Obviously it’s a blow to lose Joe from the squad but the manager has been busy identifying his own targets and we hope to at least one or two of those joining us very shortly indeed,” he commented.
“We have worked hard again to strengthen the long-term stability of the Club but anyone who is concerned that Joe’s departure reflects negatively on our ambition to achieve promotion to the Football League this season should be assured that we’re working to guarantee that in the long run it is exactly the opposite.”
Finally we’d like to wish Joe all the very best for the future with Huddersfield Town and thank him for some fantastic moments from his time in a Harriers shirt.
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