FLEETWOOD Town have swooped to make their fourth January signing, writes ROB STOCKS.
Striker Jamille Matt was expected to complete his move from Kidderminster today, subject to a medical.
The 22-year-old has scored 22 goals in 39 appearances for the Blue Square Bet Premier side, including eight in eight games this season, and could go straight into the squad to face Bristol Rovers tomorrow.
Matt, who played for Harriers in last season’s 5-2 defeat at Highbury, didn’t start his 2012/13 campaign until November because of a visa issue.
Manager Graham Alexander said: “Jamille has come back after his passport problem and fired in the goals. A lot of clubs were interested in him and he has chosen us above some very good clubs. He was impressed by the tenacity we showed in trying to get him here, and I think he’ll go from strength to strength here.
“I’ve talked about adding different qualities, and Jamille has a physical presence but is also good with the ball.
“He’s done a job in the Conference and has the hunger to establish himself in the Football League. We’ll give him the platform to do that and the coaching he needs.”
The Fleetwood boss admitted his transfer dealings had been a waiting game until Matt’s capture. He said: “We’ve put in our offers. But the ball is in the court of the other clubs. It’s just a case of being patient and seeing how it will pan out.”
Alexander has hinted he wanted to bring in a “different kind of player” to compliment his strikeforce of David Ball, Alex Titchiner and Steven Gillespie. The Fleetwood boss is also looking to slim down his own squad.
The January window is Alexander’s first foray into the transfer market as a manager, an experience he described as an “eye-opener”.
“This is the first time I have experienced this as a manager,” he said. “To see how much has to go on behind the scenes is a real eye-opener. We put in a lot of work ahead of January, getting everything into place and making our plans. Then you get to January and the madness starts.”