SAM Minihan says he has yet to commit to Worcester City next season after revealing he will be moving back to Rochdale.

The full-back has been a key figure for City this campaign, making 44 appearances, and he scooped the players’ player and young player of the season awards.

Although Minihan left Loughborough University FC to join Worcester last year, he remained in the town to finish studying a degree in sports science.

But the 22-year-old said he was set to graduate this summer and keen to return to his home town of Rochdale, which may hamper City’s hopes of keeping him.

“I am just about to graduate from Loughborough,” he said.

“I have been living there but now I am moving back to Rochdale.

“I travelled there and back through pre-season, which is a seven-hour round trip, so it is a long way.

“But City was a club worth doing it for as I have absolutely loved my time here.

“Like any player, you don’t know what your next move is but I have loved my time here.”

Minihan came through Rochdale’s academy set-up and made his first-team debut in April 2012.

He also had a spell at Droylsden before joining Midland League Premier Division side Loughborough in 2013 and beginning his university course.

Since arriving at City, Minihan has put his stamp on the number two shirt and he insisted the club’s coaching staff have been key to his development.

“I played in this league a few years ago, so I had an idea of what it was about,” he said.

“But I have been at university for a couple of years and that transition has been hard.

“Initially, I struggled but the more you play, the more you get used to it and your confidence builds.

“Carl (manager Heeley), Gards (former joint-manager Matt Gardiner) and Snap (coach John Snape) have been so influential and for them to back me means a lot, so I would like to thank them for giving me that chance.

“A lot of the lads have had to play in different positions but they have trusted me in one position, which is nice because I can continue to work on my game and for that I am very grateful.”

Despite finishing the National League North campaign in 17th position after three defeats in their last four games, Minihan believes there’s plenty of reasons for City’s fans to be positive.

“Obviously, our league position is disappointing but we have had that belief,” he said.

“Moving to Bromsgrove is a change but one we are ready for.

“We have got the fundamental values to push on next season and are looking forward to it as a team.”