Evo-Stik Northern Premeir League First Division South club Romulus` star striker Marvin Johnson finally secured his….
….move from Coles Lane this week, signing a full-time eighteen-month contract with Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Kidderminster Harriers.
Johnson, 21, had trialled with npower Championship club Burnley in December and completed his transfer for an undisclosed fee on deadline day, despite late interest from Crewe Alexandra of League Two.
The Roms` top scorer with sixteen league goals is believed to have signed as a winger for the Harriers, although he has the ability to play up front or at left-back – the position he trialled for at Burnley.
Johnson said: “I am happy for the opportunity to push myself on – Kidderminster have offered me a decent package and it is good for me to be able to play football full-time.
“There were rumours flying everywhere about different clubs who were interested, and I wasn’t 100% I was going at one stage.
“I am little was a bit disappointed about not signing for Burnley, but it was a great experience and I came back more confident, better player – hopefully this move will be another step towards the Football League.
“I just want to get my head down and enjoy my football – I went for a week’s trial at Kidderminster back in September and I liked the training. It was much sharper which suits me because I prefer to play at a higher tempo – I can’t wait to get started.”
Romulus boss Richard Evans admitted Johnson will be hard to replace, but said he simply couldn’t stand in the player’s way.
Evans said: “I’m pleased for the club because it shows young lads that they stand a chance of being spotted.
“We are patient with good young players and they get their chance here – Marvin was released by Solihull Moors less than eighteen months ago – where he is now is testament to the player’s quality and attitude, but also the standard of coaching at the club.
“I’m confident that Marvin will move on again soon with the way he has progressed – he’s gone to a good club with our blessing – Kidderminster have had a bit of a steal, although we do have a sell-on clause.
“He’s got a good chance of getting into the Football League by playing at Kidderminster – we’re gutted to see him go in one way, but you can’t help but be pleased for the lad.”
Johnson’s agent Gino Culbertson added: “The move was welcome and beneficial for Romulus and the player, and whilst the terms are undisclosed, Romulus will benefit by him being successful in the future too.
“He is a strong and determined character who won many admirers on his trials at Burnley, and Kidderminster are obviously pleased to have got their man, especially as Crewe made a last minute approach.”
Johnson is ineligible for Saturday’s clash between Harriers and Luton Town in the FA Trophy, but hopes to be part of the squad to face local rivals AFC Telford United and Tamworth next week.