Veiga pondering City coaching role

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KEEPER Jose Veiga could become part of the Worcester City coaching staff for next season.

The 37-year-old has been one of City's star players this term and was one of the key reasons they kept eight clean sheets in all competitions before November.

He has made 32 appearances this term but has not played since the end of February because of knee injury, although he has been on the bench in recent matches.

Finding a keeper for the 2014-15 campaign is high on City's agenda given that Leigh Bedwell, the current incumbent of the number one jersey, is on loan from Swindon Town.

Veteran Veiga would be the ideal choice but, according to manager Carl Heeley, is considering other options because he is coming towards the end of his playing career.

That could see him work alongside Heeley, assistant Matt Gardiner and coach John Snape either as a keeper coach, although he hasn't ruled out staying on as a player.

“Jose may be at that stage where he wants to play and do some coaching as well so that’s something we’ll look at," said Heeley, whose side host Boston United today (3pm).

The position of keeper is just one of a number being discussed for next season as City begin talks with players they would like to keep.

While no contracts have yet been announced, Heeley is happy with the progress being made.

The Blue and Whites boss added: “We’re having conversations with most of the squad, there’s only a few we’ve got to speak to and we’ve had positive responses.

“I’ve got a view of what I would like to do but whether it all maps out I don’t know but we’ll try our best.”

Veiga is one of seven keepers who have turned out for City this season with a further three - Sam Hawker, Matt Bulman and Deale Chamberlain - having been registered during the campaign.

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