PREDATORY striker Adam Webster is prepared to sign a new contract at Worcester City -- but admits the long-distance travelling hurts him.

Webster underlined his importance to the St George's Lane club on Saturday when netting all four goals in City's 4-1 Nationwide North victory at Leigh RMI.

It took his tally to eight in four matches and 23 in all competitions this season, leaving him just one short of his record from last year.

The 25-year-old's recent prolific spell -- and his exceptional all-round contribution -- will have caught the eye of admirers, but City are desperate to secure the future of the player they bought from Bedworth in December 2001 for an almost club record fee.

A new deal has been offered to Webster, last season's player of the season, and should be finalised soon. But despite being happy at the club, commuting to training and matches from his Leicestershire home is proving a strain for Webster.

"I enjoy it at Worcester," said Webster. "But it's still hard with the travelling from Leicester.

"It's something I've been thinking about this year. I've been speaking to the gaffer about it and expressed my feelings and, obviously, he's been trying his best, being persuasive to make me stay because he wants me to.

"We've been talking for a while about a contract and I would imagine we will sort it out. I've just got to speak to the gaffer and chairman over the next few days.

"It's not finalised yet, but I would imagine I would be here, but you never know in football."

After breaking the 20-goal barrier for the second consecutive season, Webster is focused on maintaining his own high standards during City's final four league games.

He added: "As long as we keep win-ning, that's the important thing."