Kidderminster Harriers are thrilled to be able to confirm that they are today beginning the process of making striker Jamille Matt available to play once again after his application to remain the UK has accepted by the UK Border Agency.
Popular front-man Matt has been absent from first-team action for nine months after being placed on leave by the club this past February to deal with issues surrounding his eligibility to live and work in the country.
The club and Jamille have worked together tirelessly since that point to help resolve the situation and are delighted to say that the 23 year-old was given the thumbs up to remain in the UK during the last 24 hours.
Chairman Mark Serrell commented today: “Everybody at Kidderminster Harriers is absolutely delighted for Jamille, not only the footballer but also a young man who deserves the opportunity to get back to work, doing what he loves.
“He’s been able to train with his team mates over the last few months but is chomping at the bit to get back into the squad and do his bit to help us continue climbing the table.
“It’s been a very hard process for everybody but nobody more than Jamille and we really couldn’t be happier for him.”
Harriers are working hard to get the green light from the Blue Square Bet Premier and the FA to select Jamille to take part in this weekend’s trip to AFC Telford.
It would be a fitting return for Matt, who made his Harriers debut two years ago this week at Histon.
Regardless of whether he is given the go-ahead this week or not, his eventual return is now just around the corner.
The Chairman added that in order to allow Jamille to focus solely on his football and getting back to full match fitness without any distractions, the player himself will be making no comment for the foreseeable future on his personal circumstances.
Your official club website will feature an interview with Jamille with the focus firmly on football a little later today – Serrell adding: “All we want is for him to be able to talk and think purely about football and nothing else – that’s best for him and the rest of the team.”
Further, the club would ask that Jamille’s personal privacies be respected at this time and all thoughts turn back to his efforts on the pitch.