RIGHT-back Rhys Thompson is on his way to Worcester City, according to Chasetown manager Dave Stringer.

The defender has made 45 appearances for Chasetown, who finished seventh in the Evo Stik Northern First Division South last season.

But speaking to the Lichfield Mercury, Stringer revealed Thompson is set to make the step up to the Vanarama National League North with Worcester.

The capture of Thompson, which has yet to be confirmed by City, could be the second player manager Carl Heeley has brought to the club this summer following the return of centre-back Graham Hutchinson.

Thompson has previously played for Leek Town, Kidsgrove Athletic, Hanley Town and Market Drayton Town.

Stringer also admitted George Washbourne looks set to join City’s Worcestershire rivals Kidderminster Harriers.

"I can't knock the players who are moving on up the pyramid because that's what we are here for, to help the players develop,” he said.

"Obviously, it's disappointing from our point of view but you have to deal with it.

"We're hoping to bring in two or three new players by next week and it's a busy time, speaking to players from elsewhere while trying to negotiate to keep ones from last season.

"We want to keep as many as we can but the ones who do leave have got to be replaced and that's what we are looking at now, in order to stay as strong as we possibly can.”