Martin agrees deal with Kidderminster
Keziah Martin has reaped the benefits from hard work and commitment after signing for Kidderminster Harriers.
The 20-year-old midfielder agreed to the terms of an undisclosed deal on Thursday, having impressed the coaching staff throughout a pre-season trial at the National League North club.
“Martin has been with the group since the very start of pre-season and has made a big impression on the Harriers management team,” read a club press release. “As well as his efforts in training, he's played in each of our friendlies so far as ‘Player B', catching the eye with his displays.
“His efforts have earned him a contract, subject to FA confirmation, for the forthcoming season. The youngster will wear the number 15 shirt.
“Keziah, still just 20, came through the youth ranks at Solihull Moors, during which time he was handed a trial with Premier League side Burnley before being signed by Sky Bet League One side Barnsley.
“He comes to us as a free agent after a year with their under-23s set-up, ready to take the next step in his career.”
Martin, the son of Gregg Foggo, the former St George's Cup Match captain, is thrilled to see his hard work and dedication pay off.
“It's been a hard journey but I've tried get in on time, do the best I can in training and show everyone what I can do,” he said. “To be fair the lads have helped me a lot with that; showing me what I can do better in training and in the game sometimes.
“The manager [Russ Penn] likes what he's seen so far from when I was on trial and it's just time to knuckle down and do the defensive things properly off the ball, set-pieces and things like that so I'm going to try my best.
“To be fair I think I'm a very disciplined person. I like to take on information and do what I can, do what do he tells me to do, so I will be looking forward to it.”
Martin has settled in well since his arrival at Kidderminster.
“I'm very pleased, since the first day the lads have welcomed me here,” he added. “It's a great group of lads, lots footballing ability. On and off the pitch they are great people.
“It's a good club with a lot of history and a good team as well and I'm really looking forward to getting the season started.
“I think we've done a very good job in preseason, I think we're almost ready. Just got to dust off a few bits and bobs and we will be ready to go.”
Martin joins a list of Bermudians having represented the club which includes Milan Butterfield, J'Nai Butterfield-Steede and Knory Scott.
The midfielder is expected to be in action today when Kidderminster host Wrexham in a behind closed doors pre-season friendly at Aggborough Stadium.
•D'Andre Wainwright's Durham City suffered a 4-0 defeat in their FA Vase first round qualifying tie at home to Thackley yesterday.
The visitors prevailed at the Arnott Stadium on tallies from Lewis Waddington, Seb Scaroni, Ayemeric Vidot and Jack Normanton.
Bermuda striker Wainwright, who has netted four goals in as many appearances this season, including a hat -trick on his club debut, was appointed a Durham's captain for the cup tie.