WORCESTER City have not given up hope of bringing central defender Graham Hutchison back to the club this season.

The 19-year-old has returned to parent club Birmingham City after spending the last month on loan at St George’s Lane, playing five games and scoring in last Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Colwyn Bay.

City are keen to renew his deal but, with Hutchison expected to go for trials at higher-ranked clubs, won’t have anything in place for this Saturday’s visit of Altrincham.

Manager Carl Heeley said: “Nothing is going to happen before the weekend.

“There’s a bit of interest in him from a couple of league clubs and he’s got to look at the long term. There’s a possibility something could happen next week.

“We will continue to talk to him, Birmingham City and his agent. We understand the situation but we will see what happens.”

He added: “It’s disappointing we couldn’t continue with the team we had last weekend because there was no real need to chop and change but we knew he would be going back.

“We have got options in that position so it’s not something to panic about.”