Belper Town’s Evan Garnett has signed for National League side Kidderminster Harriers.
Garnett, who is the Nailers’ top scorer this season with 19 goals says he cannot thank Nailers manager Charlie Palmer enough for helping get the opportunity.
“I have really enjoyed my time at Belper,” he said. “When Charlie came in he really helped me take my game to another level, he let me play down the middle which was a big factor. Luckily the goals kept flowing so it has been good.
“I cannot thank him enough really, I have left on good terms and hopefully I can work with him in the future because he has helped me get my game to that next level.
“He has taught me what I need to do off of the ball and a lot of my goals have come from that.”
The Harriers are three divisions above the Nailers, but lie bottom of the National League 15 points from safety.
Garnett says it was too good an opportunity to turn down, with the chance to play full-time football a major attraction.
He added: “I have always said to Charlie the only reason I would leave Belper is to go to a team who are professional.
“I have always wanted to try and get back into full-time football at a higher level and Kidderminster was just too good an opportunity to miss.”
And Garnett, who is a Belper lad, thanked the Nailers fans for all their support during his time at his hometown club.
“Thanks to the fans for your support this season, I have really enjoyed my time at Belper, I wish the lads all the best for the rest of the season and thanks again to the club and the supporters,” he said.
“I had a chat with their manager and he let me go and train a couple of times this week.”
“I get on with him well and I agree with what he was saying, like I said it is a great opportunity for me to play at a good level and hopefully I can go on and play even higher.”
“I am only on a deal until the end of the season so we want to try and stay in this league. Personally for myself, hopefully I can keep scoring a few goals and see where that takes me and the club.”
“He just told me to keep working hard and keep doing what I am doing at Belper, he also told me to go and enjoy it because it is a brilliant opportunity for me.”