ASSISTANT manager Russ Penn says Harriers are hopeful of adding three or four new additions before the start of the season.

Kidderminster have enjoyed a good start to their pre-season preparations with wins over Aston Villa and Stourport Swifts as well as a draw with Bristol Rovers.

Despite those teams featuring a host of promising youngsters, the club is still keen to add to manager John Pemberton's options before Leamington visit on the opening day on August 3.

Penn said: "We have been looking at a number of targets for a while and hopefully a few new arrivals are imminent now.

"We are going to have to utilise the loan market to our advantage this season, which is something we need to do better.

"It has been a case of having to be patient and wait for parent clubs to decide on their plans first.

"We know the players we want and we are nearly in a position to add three or four to the squad within the next fortnight."

Penn is also hopeful a number of young players can make the grade and force their way into first team plans this term.

He added: "I'm delighted with how they have done to be honest, especially against Stourport.

"We aren't in a position to play a full first team every game so they young players have come in and done really well. That was also the case late on against Bristol.

"It does show that we need to get more players in though. We don't want to leave ourselves vulnerable, especially when we have eight games coming thick and fast in August.

"We know they are there if needed and it'd be great if one or two can come through and follow the likes of Milan Butterfield, Tom Palmer and Harry Higginson."

Harriers will now host Bromsgrove Sporting this Saturday (3pm kick-off) as their pre-season programmes continues.