WITH his playing budget for next season having finally been sorted out, Worcester City manager Carl Heeley has stepped up his squad building.

The club’s board of directors this week confirmed they have registered with the Football Conference to play in Blue Square Bet North in 2013-14 when they will ground-share with Kidderminster Harriers.

Given the assurances, manager Heeley, who this week committed his future to City alongside assistant Matt Gardiner, has secured some of last season’s players.

He said: “We have now been able to agree deals with goalkeeper Matt Sargeant and defenders Shabir Khan and Ellis Deeney who have committed their futures to us.

“Young right-back Josh Smith, who came through the college academy and played a couple of times late last season, has also signed.

"We have signed young Daniel Williams, who is a really quick wide player or forward and has great potential for the future “Another with massive potential to have agreed to stay is Ethan Moore (striker), who showed a great deal for us at the end of last year.

“However, keeper Glyn Thompson will be leaving the club as a great opportunity has come up for him to move into coaching over in Thailand.

“I’ve known about that for a while as it has been on the back-burner since the end of last season.

“We have a list with dozens of players on — some we might not be able to get — but there are always players available to sign. I am not concerned about recruitment of players.”

Meanwhile, Heeley is eagerly anticipating being part of the Worcester City Legends XI who will take on Liverpool legends.

The Reds are set to include the likes of John Barnes, John Wark, Michael Thomas, Mark Wright and Paul Walsh tomorrow in the final match at St George’s Lane (2pm).

Heeley added: “I am really looking forward to the Liverpool legends game.

“It will be great to see so many old friends and team-mates again, but I’m not sure what our fitness will be like.

"I can’t see too many of us lasting the 90 minutes – and I include myself in that! It will be fantastic to play against some of the Liverpool legends of the past, players like John Barnes, and it should be a good occasion.”

The City squad, to be managed by George Rooney, will be selected from Paul Moore, Heeley, John Snape, Gardiner, Ian Cottrill, Mark Whitehouse, Paul Carty, Darren Middleton, Danny Williams, Allan Davies, Mark Owen, Andy Awford, Marc Burrow, Marc McGregor, Pat Lyons, Phil Mason and guest Martin Pinches.