Cambridge United striker Michael Gash has joined Blue Square Bet Premier side Kidderminster Harriers on a permanent deal, initially on loan until the end of the season.
Explaining the move, U's Director of Football Jez George said: “We have been trying to negotiate a contract with Michael since January but it has become apparent that he sees his future elsewhere.
“We turned down a bid for Michael from a club in this league in January and did everything possible to convince him to sign a new contract.
“However, given the fact that we are now seven weeks away from the end of the season and Michael could leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract, this deal represents good business for the club. In agreeing a loan fee with Kidderminster which will increase based on their performance, this represents a good deal.
“This was not a decision made for financial reasons but Michael made it clear to us in the last few days that he was desperate to have this opportunity at Kidderminster and once a player makes it clear he wants to leave the most pragmatic course of action is to then ensure the club receives the best possible financial remuneration.
“We wish Michael all the best in the future. “
The departure of Gash will be offset by Harriers striker Nathan Blissett moving in the opposite direction, as he joins United on a one-month loan.
“With Sam Smith unlikely to return until the end of this month it was also key to us that Kidderminster allow Nathan to join us on a month-long loan,” Jez explains.
Blissett, 22, joined Kidderminster in the summer; starting 15 league games so far, and hitting the net three times.
Considered a "raw talent" by Kidderminster's coaching staff, Blissett previously played for Northern Premier First Division South side Romulus, where he scored 13 goals last season.