Manager John Snape admits Worcester City’s “vulnerable position” is hampering his attempts to hold together his squad following the exit of Brad Birch.

Captain Birch has linked back up with former club Stourbridge, whose interest was reported by the Worcester News on Monday, but City will retain his Midland Football League registration. Snape had been steadfast over the skipper’s future despite speculated interest from landlords Bromsgrove Sporting and the Glassboys.

City could have vetoed the switch with rival clubs unable to serve the standard seven-day notice period prior to tomorrow’s 5pm registration deadline but Snape did not see any value in keeping players that want away.

“I had numerous conversations with clubs linked to Brad but the gut feeling was he wanted to see out the season with us,” said Snape. “That has changed over the past couple of days.

“He feels he wants to test himself at a higher level and his former club has given him the opportunity to do that. It will be a dual registration but whether anything comes to fruition for us with that is something we will have to talk about with Stourbridge.

“I do still hope to have Brad available for the Long Eaton game, (tomorrow, 7.45) though.”

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