Honda rebuild problem

I torn down a badly running 2009 Honda foreman to clean out the bottom and replaced the top end.
Everything is put back together but the stater clicks. So i removed it from the engine and noticed that I can’t move the starter gears with my fingers. I removed the stator with cover then the gears move fine. When I put the stator cover back on starter gears won’t move again.
I’m stumped any help would be great!