Incoming: Michael Gash
Cambridge United striker Michael Gash joined Harriers last week on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
Gash is an experienced striker at this level and is amongst the leading scorers in the division with 14 goals so far this season – 13 for Cambridge and one in a loan spell at Braintree. He scored for Cambridge in Harriers’ recent 3-2 win over United at Aggborough.
One of his main strengths is his aerial ability and he should fill the target man role that has been missing since the departure of Jamille Matt to Fleetwood in January. At this stage of the season, though, his experience should prove vital, also, and is clearly something that Steve Burr is considering at the moment with this and his other recent signings in Greg Pearson, Martin Devaney and the now departed Amari Morgan-Smith.
The 26 year-old began his career in Cambridge with United’s local rivals City. In two seasons there he scored 16 goals in 6 games, earning a move to United. At the Abbey he made 16 appearances and scored twice. He returned to City, initially on loan, and started to bang in the goals on a regular basis, hitting 33 in 71 games.
His form in Cambridge earned him a move to Ebbsfleet United in the summer of 2008; he scored 13 goals in 45 appearances prompting York City to splash out £40000 the following summer. He didn’t have as much success at Bootham Crescent and scored just 8 goals in 63 appearances before being loaned out to Rushden & Diamonds in December 2010
He enjoyed better times in his brief spell at Nene Park scoring six in 19. In the summer of 2011 he returned to The Abbey and has scored 22 goals in 71 games. Earlier this season he spent a month at Braintree and scored once in six games.
Cambridge were keen for him to stay at Abbey Stadium and to that end had been negotiating a new contract with him since January but those talks have not proved fruitful for the club as the player himself has decided that it is time for him to move on, telling the Cambridge News, “I’ve had two spells at Cambridge and the second spell was much more enjoyable. It’s just the time in my football career because my contract was running out this season and they did offer me a new contract. But, at that moment in time, with interest from Kidderminster and a few other clubs, I felt it was time to move on.
“The way things are going at Kidderminster at the moment where they’re challenging for promotion, I felt it was the right thing to do. They’ve got a great chance of going up and they’re a very well structured club. They’ve got good players there already who have performed well to get them there after a bad spell at the start, but they just wanted to strengthen the squad in certain areas and the ambition of the club just turned my head.
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It was a tough decision, but it was one I had to make in the end thinking about my football and also my family, even though I’m settled and back home in Peterborough.”
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