Baxendale moves to
Aggborough from league rivals Alfreton Town.
He had signed for
the Reds after returning to England following a spell in the United Soccer
League Western Conference with Orange County SC.
Baxendale, 25, spent
a season at Orange County but came through the youth set-up at Leeds United and
was a regular for the under-18 side.
However, he failed
to win a professional contract at Elland Road and was released at the end of
the 2010/11 season.
He signed a one-year
contract for then-Championship side Doncaster Rovers in July 2011 on a free
He made his debut in
August 2011 in a Carling Cup win over Tranmere Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
He made his League
debut four days later against West Ham United.
Loan spells then
followed at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Buxton, where he was player
of the month for December 2011 after a string of impressive displays.
In March 2012,
Baxendale joined Hereford United on loan before he was released by Doncaster in
In August 2012,
Baxendale signed a one-year contract with League One side Walsall.
Due to his
impressive performances at Walsall, he signed an eighteen-month contract in
January 2013 before he was then rewarded with a new three-year deal in August.
making 40 appearances in the 2013/14 season, he had niggling injuries and found
himself out of the first-team.
In January 2016,
Baxendale signed for Mansfield Town on a one-month loan.
He made his move to
Field Mill permanent in February 2016 but was released by Mansfield at the end
of the 2016/17 season after making 22 appearances.
He moved to the USA
and joined Orange County SC and has made 14 appearances for them ahead of his
return to England.
Harriers boss Neil
McFarlane told http://www.harriers.co.uk:
“When he came to the fore, James was somebody I wanted to try and get in.
“We’ve done that,
and we’re absolutely delighted.
“Even this early,
his attitude has been infectious, and he’s been a great boy around the place
and he has married into the team spirit and attitude that this group has
already and I think he’ll bring a lot to us this season”.