WORCESTER City boss John Snape admitted he would be “very surprised” if in-demand attacking midfielder Sean Geddes was fit for the start of the season.

Snape is hoping to secure the services of Geddes who starred in City’s memorable FA Cup first round triumph against Coventry City in 2014.

Worcester are not the only club chasing the former Manchester United trainee’s signature according to Snape.

But the manager said the 26-year-old underwent knee surgery last month and was unlikely to be ready to play in the opening game of the 2018-19 campaign.

“Sean has still got a little niggle and is recovering from his operation,” Snape said.

“Hopefully we will see Sean at City when he is ready.

“He knows his body and is under physiotherapy at the minute at hospital.

“But I hope he will want to join us in training sessions and then we will see how he progresses.”

Geddes trained with Man United as a youngster before signing a contract with Walsall in 2008. He was released in 2011 and had three seasons at Stourbridge before joining City where he made his name.

His two goals in Worcester’s win over Coventry saw him gain national attention and he increased his profile further with a rabona goal against Barrow which went viral online.

Since then, Geddes has played for a number of non-league clubs and Snape is looking to give him another chance at City.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Sean,” Snape said.

“He has had an offer to come and train with us which I want him to take up but there are other people chasing him.

“Currently, due to his operation, I would be very surprised if Sean made the start of the season at any club.”

Snape is also aiming to retain defender Mark Smith as talks continue over a new deal ahead of the upcoming Midland League Premier Division season.

The former Alvechurch captain was a regular for City last term, making 41 appearances.

“I am in full negotiations with Mark,” Snape said.

“He has been made an offer by the club and I hope he takes that up.

Obviously, it is Mark’s choice.

“He did fantastically for us last season so hopefully he wants to stay and be a part of it this year.

“But I only want people who are committed to the club so I hope we get that.”