FOOTBALL: Rickards and Jenkins Twin Swoop Boosts Harriers

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Kidderminster Harriers manager Jan Molby could hand debuts to two new players this afternoon at Aggborough when his side host Leyton Orient in the Third Division.

Molby completed a hectic day of business yesterday by signing Tamworth striker Scott Rickards for an undisclosed fee and Lee Jenkins on a free transfer from Swansea. The Harriers' Danish manager has wasted no time strengthening his squad after the club drew neighbours Wolverhampton Wanderers in a lucrative FA Cup third round tie.

And the acquisition of Rickards (right) and Jenkins look shrewd. Rickards, aged 22, started his career at Derby County, before arriving at Tamworth in July 2001 via loan spells at Walsall, Mansfield and Oldham. He played a leading role in the Lambs' Dr Martens League championship campaign but has found life more difficult as Darron Gee's side have struggled through their first Nationwide Conference campaign.

Molby said: 'I'm pleased we've finally been able to get Scott here. He's a player I've watched for a while and has earned himself a decent reputation in nonLeague football.

'He has a lot of qualities about his game and I'm sure he will improve playing for us. He has a lot of pace and his movement is good. He will fit well into the style of football we are trying to play.'

Jenkins --who Molby used to coach at Swansea --has made more than 180 appearances for the Welsh side during his seven years at the Vetch Field. The 24-year old midfielder has agreed an 18-month contract with Harriers and is not cup tied so will be available to face Wolves. …