STAR striker Jermaine Hylton has agreed a deal that will keep him at Southern League Premier Division side Redditch United.

The 21-year-old former Kidderminster Harriers youth teamer was making headlines earlier this month with back-to-back hat-tricks and manager Liam McDonald is delighted the young prospect is staying put at the Valley Stadium.

“Jermaine has become a key player for us,” the Reds boss said. “He is great to work with and is a joy to watch play.

“He’s getting real consistency and his two hat-tricks in two games will give him a lot of confidence – when he’s on his game he’s the best in the division.”

McDonald has gathered together a young exciting side at Redditch and is determined to keep his young guns together.

“Jermaine is the quickest player I've seen and now has the work ethic to go with it,” he added. “There is a lot of interest in him at the moment – not just from non-league sides but from Football League clubs.

“It’s a big lift for the club that he’s here to stay and shows the clubs is going in the right direction. A number of the players have been interesting clubs from higher leagues.”

Hylton struck his first hat-trick in the 4-1 demolition of title hopefuls Cambridge City and then repeated the feat in a league cup clash at Kettering next time out – a match the Reds won 5-4.

The pacy frontman has now scored 11 goals in all competitions this season and puts that down to the attacking policy of the Worcestershire club.

He said: “I enjoy being at Redditch. We play offensively and that suits my game.

“I feel as though it is the best place for my development. Liam [McDonald] has installed a work ethic in me which has made me more complete player.

“He is the best manager that I have worked under – he gives all the players confidence in what they’re doing. Tactically he’s very astute and is professional in his preparation.”

The Reds currently lie mid-table in the Southern League Premier Division and are still involved in the Worcestershire Senior Cup and Red Insure League Cup.