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THE PLAYER LOWDOWN: Harris talks the attraction of Sporting, regrets + PPE work

This feature sees us catch up with former Bromsgrove Sporting midfielder Harry Harris. He talked about his allure of Sporting when asked to join, his happiness and regrets during his time at the Victoria Ground and his important PPE work during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Harry joined Sporting towards the back end of the 2017/18 season, becoming a regular fixture in the matchday squad that saw us over the line to claim Midland Football League Premier Division glory. He explained that the offer to join the Rouslers was one that didn’t take a lot of thinking…

“When Bren rang me to join Sporting, I just couldn’t turn down playing for a club like that. Although the team was settled for the rest of that season, I just wanted to come in and see the season out by helping when I was asked to.”

However, despite the league success and starting in our Worcestershire Senior Urn victory over Lye Town at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough, he reflect on how he may not have truly made the most of his time with the club.

“But in my head I was signing for the season after; unfortunately, during that summer break, football was the last thing on my mind for one reason or another and I didn’t really get myself right physically for the pre-season, which I regret because I didn’t get chance to show the fans what I could do.

“But I have to say, I did enjoy my short spell, as the lads, management and committee were very welcoming, which I’m thankful for. I wish things worked out differently, because I played with Bren at Sutton Coldfield town and he knows what I can do when I’m fit but that’s football sometimes and I moved on, but I always look out for the Rouslers’ results.”

Since leaving Bromsgrove, he joined Romulus for a season, then re-joined Walsall Wood for a second spell, where he in currently in his sixth year at the club.

The postponement of football because of the Coronavirus pandemic has led to Harry being involved in some important work.

“During lockdown, I’ve been supplying the NHS and professional footballers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) masks, which has been good knowing that it’s helping people to hopefully keep COVID-19 away.

“I’ve supplied almost 1,000 different care homes with PPE masks, hand sanitiser, gloves, aprons and face shields. I’ve also supplied 50 different footballers who have been supplying care homes (as they were getting some stick in the press because of their wages) which has been rewarding, so I’ve enjoyed that.

“I’ve supplied 10 Championship clubs with PPE for when they start back training. It’s been a rewarding job to be honest, to help people, so I’ve really enjoyed that and will continue to do so for as long as I need to.”

He also reflected on how the current scenario has actually proved beneficial for himself.

“Lockdown has been good for me in many ways; it’s helped me to get my head down and get fitter for when football returns, as not having a lot to do means I can train everyday, which has been great and now I’m feeling good for when we return to football – which will hopefully be very soon!

“All the best to Bromsgrove and all the lads when we start back football – good luck to you all and stay safe.”

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