NATHAN Vaughan has completed a shock return to Worcester City five-and-a-half weeks after joining National League Chester.

Joint-boss John Snape revealed the 36-year-old had remained on the City's radar throughout his stint at the Deva Stadium where he has yet to feature for the first team.

Vaughan initially joins on dual registration terms but it is understood Worcester will have first call on his services.

Snape’s pursuit began prior to Vaughan’s exit from Solihull Moors at the end of October but City got edged out amid the flurry of interest created by his availability.

But now the man famed for saving a penalty in Worcester’s FA Cup first round proper victory over Coventry City in 2014 is back, bringing to an end the lengthy search for a stopper to challenge Matt Gwynne for the number-one jersey.

“We have been tracking Nathan’s movements since the possibility of him leaving Solihull Moors got raised,” said Snape.

“He had the opportunity to stay in the National League with Chester but with their permission we have stayed in touch and it has evolved into this move.

“Nath brings a wealth of experience, knowhow and a no-nonsense approach to things. He is a huge presence and character around the dressing room and on and off the pitch.

“In the same way he did last season with Ethan Ross, he will benefit Matt Gwynne with tips, advice and competition.

“He will know how to deal with a tough Christmas programme and will be invaluable to us in so many ways.”

Vaughan came back from Moors to aid City’s National North relegation battle in February following one match in the FA Vase for Bromsgrove Sporting, dividing duties between the sticks with Ross.

Back at Moors this season, he scored in the 2-1 win at Torquay United in August and made 12 appearances before falling behind Barnsley loanee Nick Townsend in the pecking order.

Vaughan will be eligible for Saturday's Midland League Premier Division trip to AFC Wulfrunians (3pm).