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Worcester City are set to hold talks with central defender Graham Hutchison over a permanent move to the Conference North club.

The 20-year-old former Birmingham City player featured in last Saturday’s 0-0 friendly stalemate at Nuneaton Town.

He played five games during a loan spell with Worcester last season, including scoring a goal against Colwyn Bay, and has attracted the attention of higher-ranked clubs.

Manager Carl Heeley has been impressed with Hutchison’s attributes and is hoping a deal can be agreed.

He said: “We are going to have a chat with Graham and his agent to see if we can iron a few things out but we would love to have him on board.”

City could also make a move for experienced goalkeeper Jose Veiga as competition for Matt Sargeant when the new season gets under way.

The 36-year-old Portuguese, who last played for Harrogate Town following spells at Tamworth, Macclesfield Town and Hereford United, was involved against Nuneaton.

Although Sargeant, who was unavailable due to work commitments for the Liberty Way warm-up, will return, City are seeking another keeper now that Glyn Thompson has left to take up a coaching role in Thailand.

Heeley said: “Jose has got a super CV, is vastly experienced and he did very well.

“Having that experience helped the younger lads.

“He’s keeping his options open as well so we will see what develops.”

Other players on trial with City are Ashley Walker, a right-back fresh from a stint in America, former Redditch United and Hinckley United centre half Richard Munday, teenage keeper Sam Hawker, who is part of City’s academy, and defender Calum Flanagan.

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