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Jackman ready for City link-up
WORCESTER City are closing in on a deal to bring experienced utility player Danny Jackman to the club.
The 31-year-old, who can play in centre midfield but also left-back and on the wing, is out of contract after leaving Kidderminster Harriers.
Jackman, born in Worcester, played in City’s 3-0 behind-closed-doors friendly defeat to Birmingham City’s development squad at the weekend and is set to be involved again in tonight’s trip to face Wolves under 21s at Lilleshall (7.30pm).
As well as playing more than 50 times in 18 months for Harriers, Jackman racked up more than 160 appearances in two stints with Gillingham in the Football League and nearly 100 with Northampton Town and over 50 for Stockport County.
City manager Carl Heeley said: “We are nearly there sorting a deal with him.
“He’s very keen to play for his home-town club, which is brilliant because it’s one of the things that people would like more of.
“He’s got lots of experience and will be a super addition to us.
“It might be the right time for him to make the move to part-time football.”
Jackman would become the second member of his family to play for the club, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Bill, who scored 43 goals in 121 appearances for City from 1947 to 1953.
He later became part of the backroom team at St George’s Lane in the 1950s and 60s.
Also hoping to earn deals with Worcester are former Hereford United midfielder Rob Purdie, ex-Kidderminster Harriers and York City forward David McDermott and former Tamworth defender Connor Gudger.
All should feature against Wolves, along with former Nuneaton Town midfielder Phil Trainer, another in the frame to join the Blue and Whites.
Heeley added: “We have got lots of options, it’s about getting the best balance and what we can afford.
“But I am not concerned about a lack of options and things will happen between now and the start of the season.”
City will use the squad that travelled to Birmingham City’s Wast Hills training ground on Saturday at Wolves, as well as a couple from the team that beat Coventry Sphinx 2-1.
That comprised predominantly of academy players but did include keeper Jose Veiga and left-sided player Danny Edwards, who completed 90 minutes for the first time in more than a year.
“I will probably bring a couple of the lads who played at Coventry but we will only have 18 players and we will switch it around,” Heeley said.
The Worcester manager continued: “I thought in the first game against Birmingham we played some really nice football and looked good.
“But it was clear that, with the full-time training at this stage of the season and them having already played games, we tired after half-time and they over-ran us a bit in the second-half.”