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Thorley agrees new City deal

10/05 Updated: 12/05 22:15

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MIDFIELDER Tom Thorley has handed Worcester City an early summer boost by agreeing a new deal to remain at the club next season.

The talented 22-year-old has been instrumental in City’s recent success alongside captain Kevin O’Connor in the heart of the Worcester midfield.

Thorley, who has recently completed his studies as a trainee teacher at the University of Worcester, netted eight goals for City last season as Carl Heeley’s men came within a whisker of making the Blue Square Bet North play-offs.

Heeley described the former Stafford Rangers midfielder as a “manager’s dream” and said he was delighted to secure his services for another season.

“He was certainly in the top two or three priorities to get signed up,” Heeley said.

“He plays a lot of games, never misses a training session, he’s the first there, works hard and never gives you a minute’s trouble - what more could you want from a player?”

“We have some great lads at Worcester but when I signed Tom on Wednesday night the first thing I said to him was I wish I had another 16 or 17 like him because he’s a model footballer in everything he does. Both him and Kev (O’Connor) are very talented footballers and are big players for us and it’s key to get them on board.”

O’Connor is still mulling over an offer from City but Heeley remains confident he will be able to add his name to a growing list of players who have already re-signed, including top-scorer Mike Symons, Jimmy Dormand, Matt Sargeant, Jacob Rowe, Stuart Whitehead, Rob Elvins, Matt Birley and Michael Taylor.

Another priority for Heeley is boosting City’s firepower by securing the signature of a proven goalscorer.

“Top goalscorers are not readily available and if they are they cost you a hell of a lot of money, which you probably haven’t got.

“That’s my challenge though,” he said.

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