KIDDERMINSTER Harriers have bolstered their defensive ranks with the signing of Walsall's young defender Joe Foulkes on loan.

The 18-year-old right-back, who can fill in anywhere across the back line, trained with his new team mates earlier this week, days after impressing in the Saddlers’ 5-0 pre-season friendly win against Harriers at Aggborough last weekend.

Foulkes has been with Walsall since the age of seven and has risen through the ranks there all the way to earning a first professional contract earlier this summer.

Now he’s ready to get some first team football under his belt.

Boss Russ Penn said: "He’s a player we were interested in before the game on Saturday, and we’ve had some good conversations with Walsall to make it happen.

"Thanks to them for letting him come to us, and we’ll help his development going forward.

"He’s tenacious, fit and strong, and he’ll fit in well with our squad."