Keziah Martin signs new deal with Kidderminster Harriers
Keziah Martin has signed a new deal keeping him at Vanarama National League North side Kidderminster at least until the end of the 2022-23 season.
The Bermudian midfielder has had his stay at Aggborough Stadium extended as reward for his character and professionalism, which have helped him become an integral part of manager Russ Penn’s squad.
“Keziah is the perfect example for young players looking to make their way in the game at the start of their careers,” Jimmy O’Connor, the Kidderminster assistant manager, commented on the English non-League club’s website.
“He’s a great character and a real professional who does the right things day in, day out – he typifies what we have in our changing room so we’re pleased to be able to tie him down – he fully deserves it.”
Martin, who has made 19 starts so far this season, is delighted to have extended his stay at Kidderminster.
“Very happy to have signed a new deal with this amazing club let’s finish this season off strong,” he commented.
The son of former St George’s cricket captain Gregg Foggo Jr initially joined Kidderminster as a free agent after a one-year stint with Sky Bet League One side Barnsley’s under-23 team, having agreed to the terms of an undisclosed deal in September of 2020.
He is among a list of Bermudians having represented the club, which includes Milan Butterfield, J’Nai Butterfield-Steede and Knory Scott.
Martin, 21, 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 Barnsley.
The player’s new deal at Kidderminster arrived 48 hours after playing virtually the entire match in their 2-1 come-from-behind FA Cup upset over Sky Bet Championship side Reading – who play four leagues higher in the English football pyramid – at Aggborough Stadium last Saturday.
George Puscas put the visitors ahead on the stroke of halftime before the home side hit back after the break through strikes from Sam Austin and Amari Morgan-Smith, to complete the upset and secure a famous victory.
Kidderminster, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, will now host Premier League side West Ham United in the fourth round, which will take place over the weekend of February 4 to 7.
The two sides last met in the FA Cup in a fifth-round tie in 1994 at Kidderminster’s ground, where West Ham came away with a narrow 1-0 victory to snap their hosts’ finest run in the competition.
Meanwhile, Martin and his team-mates continued their winning ways after also coming from behind to edge bottom dwellers Farsley Celtic 2-1 in the league at home on Tuesday night.
Jerome Greaves, on loan from Rotherham, put the visitors out front in the fifth minute after netting his first goal for the club.
However, Kidderminster midfielder Mark Carrington equalised from a free kick in first-half stoppage time before forward Ethan Freemantle grabbed the 50th minute winner.
The visitors were reduced to ten men late in the second half after defender Tom Allan received a straight red for taking down Kidderminster midfielder Ashley Hemmings as he broke through on goal.
The win was Kidderminster’s third straight in the league, which leaves them fifth in the standings, three points adrift of fourth placed Fylde.
Martin and his team-mates are back in action away to mid-table Darlington at Blackwell Meadows on Saturday.