Worcester City are closing in on agreeing a ground-share for next season with Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Ground expected to be the new venue.

Talks are being held this week to finalise the deal, which should be revealed by Friday.

City director Mike Davis admitted the process had taken “longer than expected” after announcing on March 1 they would be leaving Aggborough at the end of the season.

However, he has assured supporters the ground-share agreement was “almost in place” ahead of the deadline on Thursday.WORCESTER CITY FC

“It is a matter of days now (before it can be made public),” Davis said.

“There is a restriction on any public announcement because of the approval of the league and the FA, which are absolutely vital.

“Without that, then even if we had an agreement with another club it could not be finalised.

“It has been a longer-than-expected process — both finalising the agreement and getting the required (ground) grading.

“When we went to Kidderminster, we did not have any of that trouble at all because they’re graded well above anything we needed for National League North.

“So we didn’t have the same problems but with any luck they have been solved and we should have it all in place, certainly this week.”

Bromsgrove’s Victoria Ground, which is situated 14 miles away from the city centre, is understood to be where the Vanarama National League North club are poised to move their home games to.

Davis added: “If we had pots of money, we would stay at Kidderminster because we had the option to stay.

“But we haven’t for obvious financial reasons, so we had a look elsewhere.

“Much as we have enjoyed being at Aggborough you have to be realistic about it because we are certainly two years off from coming back to Worcester.”

Davis admitted it was difficult to attract sponsors while the club were in exile.

But he said he had been pleased to see some new people come forward to lend a hand for City’s game against Solihull Moors at the weekend.

“We really need people to get stuck in and give us a hand,” he said.

“But what has amazed me is there have been one or two more people helping out on a Saturday.

“We had five people selling 50/50 draw tickets at the weekend.

“It was a better crowd admittedly but the takings doubled on the previous Saturday (against Harrogate Town), which just shows what you can do if you get people out there with draw tickets in their hands.”

Source: www.worcesternews.co.uk

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