EXPERIENCED full-back Tyler Weir is set to be converted into a midfielder next season after pledging his commitment to Worcester City.

Ledbury-based Weir had initially agreed to join Hereford club Westfields for the upcoming Midland League Premier Division season.

But in a sudden change of heart the 27-year-old has decided to ditch the Hereford club in favour of a return to Worcester.

Weir made his debut for City in 2012 and was in the team that memorably reached the second round of the FA Cup in 2014.

Despite the club’s three-tier drop last summer, Weir stuck by Worcester manager John Snape as he went on to make 28 appearances in the 2017-18 campaign.

And Snape said he was “over the moon” to regain the services of Weir who spent the end of last term with Redditch United on a dual registration deal.

“We are delighted as Tyler has been a regular at the club,” Snape said.

“He had a few ups and downs last season but he is looking to come to the club in a new position and we are glad to have him back.”

Weir has spent most of his career in defence but Snape is confident he can step up into midfield as he looks to fill the void left by Nathan Hayward and Robbie Bunn who backed out of deals to sign for City last month.

“We are looking to put Tyler in a more advanced position,” Snape said.

“He can play in midfield.

“That’s where he has played previously for us when Carl Heeley was manager.

“Tyler’s versatility is something that we are looking to use throughout the season, so we feel that he is a valuable addition to the current squad.”

Snape expressed his disappointment when Weir made the move to Westfields after he was unable to agree terms with cash-strapped City.

But the Worcester boss felt the long-serving player was now coming to the club for the “right reasons”.

“Financially we couldn’t get to where Tyler wanted to be,” Snape said.

“We are on a strict budget but he felt that he wanted to come and ply his trade with us so I am over the moon.

“We have got a good friendship with Tyler and this proves that he has definitely come back for the right reasons.”

Weir will add valuable experience to Snape’s squad and is expected to play in City’s clash against Worcester Raiders at Claines Lane on Saturday (3pm).

“The model for the football club is to bring through youngsters and that was proven against Malvern last Saturday,” Snape added.

“The vast majority of our young lads are more than capable of stepping up and challenging anyone for that first team spot.

“But Tyler will be able to help them out as he has played more than 300 games at Conference and Conference North level.

“Last season it did not really get going for him but I don’t think he ever let us down.

“When he puts his mind to it he is better than anything about.

“But it will be down to Tyler, myself and (assistant manager) Ashley Vincent and (player-coach) Mat Birley to get the best out of him.”