Gloucester City will consider going full-time once they return home.

The Tigers currently have been playing in the sixth tier of English football for the last 10 years despite not having their own ground and playing outside the city since 2007.

They are competing against clubs with much bigger budgets and resources than them in the National League North with former Football League teams such as York City and Kidderminster Harriers, and well-supported phoenix clubs like Hereford and Chester in the division.

Gloucester are currently 14th in the table after five games and were beaten 4-0 at Chester last weekend, four days after an impressive 3-2 win at Kidderminster, and co-chairman Alex Petheram believes they would have to look at recruiting players full-time if they are going to move forward.

He said: “For us to really progress and even entertain going into the National League, even through winning the play-offs, we have to take either the full-time model that Kidderminster and Chester have done or do hybrid model which is becoming more and more popular.

“That would give us three days a week training plus the Saturday match.”

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