KIDDERMINSTER Harriers were given a major boost this week when experienced defender Keith Lowe committed to the club.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers centre back ended speculation about his future after signing a new deal at the Aggborough outfit.

Lowe had admitted last month that there had been interest from Vanarama National League teams and faced a ‘heard versus heart’ choice.

But his decision to re-join Kidderminster despite their relegation to the National North is a boost to the club and also lifted fans.

He confirmed one of the reasons for returning was the chance to play for manager John Eustace.

“The manager commands respect, you know what he has achieved in the game and that automatically demands the appropriate respect,” commented Lowe.

Harriers enjoyed another busy week of recruitment with right back Jared Hodgkiss putting pen to paper.

The defender triggered an appearance clause last season and was offered a new deal.

Burton Albion goalkeeper Sam Hornby, 21, joined the club on a season long loan.

He caught the eye of scouts playing for Redditch United and joined the Brewers last summer but had a fruitful spell on loan at Harriers’ league rivals Brackley, where he was named player of the season.

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Ashley Carter has also joined on a one-year deal.

The youngster, who had spells at Chesterfield and Tamworth, can play at centre back, left back and in midfield.

Meanwhile, manager John Eustace confirmed Omari Patrick has rejected a new deal and will not return to the club.