FOOTBALL secretary Kevin Preece insists Worcester City “urgently needs to hold an AGM now” after resigning from the club’s board.

Preece, who became a director in November 2017, announced his decision six days after City posted losses in excess of £290,000 for the financial year up to May 31 2017.

A volunteer at the club and active member of the supporters’ trust in the past, Preece will continue to do his unpaid work on the commercial side and as safety officer as well as remaining in his paid post as football secretary “until at least the end of the season”.

Last week, supporters’ trust secretary Rob Crean called for chairman Anthony Hampson to hold a meeting for shareholders to “explain the figures” with Preece backing his quest for an annual general meeting.

“I have left the board on the back of advice from family, friends from within the dressing room and fellow supporters. I feel it is the best thing to do,” said Preece.

“When I joined the board I set three objectives – to meet with the supporters’ trust, to increase sponsorship and to deliver an AGM.

“The trust meeting was positive and the only thing they asked me to relay back to the club was over the need for improved communication.

“The sponsorship work is still ongoing. We are getting in different bits and I plan to carry on with that unless I am told otherwise.

“The AGM is the only thing I have failed to help deliver as a director and following the recent media coverage, it is obvious one is needed but it hasn’t come about.

“I believe the club urgently needs to hold an AGM now. There has never been a more appropriate time.

“The shareholders needed to have that information (contained in the club accounts) before it went live.”

It leaves Hampson, vice-chairman Colin Layland, Mark Wilcox and Martin Pinches as City's four remaining directors.