SHAUN Donnellan says Worcester City are providing him and his brother Leo with a “fantastic stepping stone” as they try to keep their family name in the spotlight.

City’s 0-0 draw against Harrogate Town turned out to be a special occasion for the Donnellan brothers as they played together for the first time in men’s football.

It was only the third time in the last 33 years City have fielded siblings in the same side after Jamie and Josh Smith teamed up in 2014 and Paul and Craig Moss combined in 1983.

West Brom loan midfielder Shaun Donnellan said he was delighted to encourage his younger brother Leo to join City on a work experience loan from QPR as he believes it will stand him in good stead.

“After the game on Saturday, Leo said to me, ‘Now I understand what football is all about’,” Donnellan said.

“Academy football is tippy-tappy, but at this level you must compete. It’s a proper man’s game.

“It toughens you up and helps you grow as a footballer. This is a fantastic stepping stone for us both, but you can’t just turn up and think it will be easy at this level as you get walked all over.

“We have to stay hungry and want to impress the lads, coaches and anyone who comes to watch us from QPR and West Brom.”

Donnellan, 19, admitted the Harrogate clash was difficult to showcase his 17-year-old brother’s ability and he hopes they will team up regularly in City’s midfield ahead of tomorrow’s National League North home game with leaders Solihull Moors (3pm).

“We have played together since Leo could kick a ball, so I know his game inside-out,” he said.

“I am sure if I keep my place in the team and he manages to get a few more starts we will link up well. Leo is technically very good, so in a different type of game he will shine.”

The “football-mad” family came out in force at Aggborough to watch the talented duo in action, including their father Leo and uncle Gary, who are both ex-professional footballers.

Leo Donnellan started at Chelsea before moving to Fulham and Leyton Orient, while Gary Donnellan played at Watford, Yeovil and Reading as well as being in the Wealdstone side which won the FA Trophy at Wembley in 1985.

“They have influenced us, especially my dad as he practised with us down the park nearly every day after school,” Shaun said. “We just enjoy playing football. I have also got another little brother called Connor, who is only 11, but is football mad, so hopefully, one day we will all play together.”