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Winger Matty Blair moves to York City

Matty Blair
Blair has earned one England C cap

York City have completed the signing of former Kidderminster Harriers winger Matty Blair on a two-year contract.

The 21-year-old attracted interest from other Blue Square Bet Premier sides and turned down a new contract with Harriers to move to Bootham Crescent.

Blair told BBC Radio York: "It's a hard place to turn down to be honest, the tradition of the place is great.

"Kidderminster gave me my chance but we feel that this club now is the club for me to go further."

Blair, who has also played for Redditch and AFC Telford, joined Kidderminster last season and scored 11 goals in 43 league appearances.

"I felt I owed Kidderminster a lot," he said.

"On the other hand my dad advised me well. It was a really difficult decision because the fans at Kidderminster made me feel brilliant. They encouraged me all the way but I'm hoping to get that here as well.

"I can't praise Kidderminster highly enough but unfortunately the terms and everything else weren't quite as good so I feel that this is the right move and I'm looking forward to it."

York City assistant manager Darron Gee said Blair was a player that he and manager Gary Mills had been aware of from their time in charge at Tamworth.

"We'd seen Matty before and knew what he was like.

"We played against him and he tore us apart and we invited him to train with us for a couple of weeks.

"We thought he was outstanding but just needed that little bit more and possibly to stay where he was to develop. I think he's developed unbelievably.

"We played against him a couple of times again last season and then when we knew we had a possibility of getting him we went all out to try and do that.

"He's a wide player that scores goals and we need that if we're going to progress at the football club."



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see also
Minstermen sign striker Henderson
26 May 11 |  York
Chambers signs contract at York
25 May 11 |  York
Blair signs contract at Harriers
18 Oct 10 |  Kidderminster


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