Hunt on for Burr-gains

Kidderminster Shuttle: Steve Burr Steve Burr

KIDDERMINSTER Harriers manager Steve Burr believes there are more gems to be mined from the Blue Square North and South this summer after being impressed by the impact of Jack Byrne.

The 20-year-old has been a revelation for the Aggborough outfit since his move from Redditch and has nailed down a regular berth place in Harriers’ midfield.

After spells at Northwich Victoria and Stalybridge Celtic as boss, Burr’s knowledge of the divisions below the Conference Premier is second to none and he is sure there are more players who could make an impact.

With eight league games of the season left, he has already began to reshape his squad and assess his current playing staff.

He loaned out centreback Gavin Caines to promotion-chasing Luton and drafted in Port Vale defender Luke Prosser and Chesterfield midfielder Lloyd Kerry until the end of the season.

The duo debuted in Saturday’s disappointing league loss to Salisbury and also played a role in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Cambridge.

“It all depends on what sort of budget we’ve got to play with but I do think there are some players in the Conference South and North that could make the step up to this level,” commented the manager.

“Jack [Byrne] has done incredibly well since he’s joined, he’s settled in well and is making a big impact.

“But if you’re a young player coming in what is needed is help from the senior players to settle into the team.

“We’ve just brought in Luke [Prosser] and Lloyd [Kerry] and they both played their part in Tuesday’s win.

“Luke looked much better on Tuesday, and Lloyd also made an excellent contribution to the match.

“Now we’ve got a lot of games coming up and that gives all the players a chance to impress me.

“What’s important is that we need everyone available because there’s going to be no let up.”

Burr is also starting to draw conclusions on who from his current playing staff he would like to retain for the 2010-11 campaign.

However, he remained tight lipped about his plans for the summer.

Burr said: “I do have my thoughts on who I’d like to keep for next season.

“Obviously, I must talk to the board and discuss it with them but I do have some idea on who we’d like to keep.

“Whatever happens there’s going to be a lot of hard work in the summer.”

Harriers, who ended a seven-match winless streak against the U’s, have a few defensive headaches for their Easter weekend clashes at Altrincham on Saturday and at home to Rushden and Diamonds on Bank Holiday Monday (both 3pm kick-offs).

Martin Riley limped off with a groin problem on Tuesday, while Duane Courtney (ankle) and Luke Prosser both picked up knocks.

Left-back Lee Baker has missed the last two games and may not be ready for Saturday’s trip to Moss Lane.

But there’s no time for the squad to rest as Burr’s boys face a trip to Barrow in the league next Thursday (7.45pm kick-off).

Meanwhile, an attempt by clubs to have expelled Chester’s points reinstated collapsed this week.

The group, which included Oxford, Tamworth and Stevenage, had appealed to the FA in order to get back the points they lost when City were kicked out in February.

However, the FA backed the Football Conference over an issue to do with the timing of the decision to remove Chester’s records.

Harriers had originally been part of a 10-strong enclave but chairman Barry Norgrove decided to pull out of it over the weekend over concerns about spiralling legal costs.

n Harriers’ Worcestershire Senior Cup final showdown against Halesowen has been scheduled for Thursday, April 22.

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