MANAGER John Snape hopes the consistency of Andy Gallinagh’s performances will rub off on his young players this season.

The former Cheltenham Town full-back has agreed to return to Worcester City following his departure from Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Central outfit Stratford Town.

During his previous stint at City, Gallinagh played more than 20 games in the 2016-17 Vanarama National League North campaign.

But Snape said he had kept “close tabs” on the 33-year-old since his exit and felt he would be an “invaluable” addition to his squad.

“I hope Andy can bring his know-how, personality and quality around our young players,” Snape said.

“I think the resolve, resilience and consistency he showed last time has been something we have been lacking in general.

“He is also particularly good in the dressing room. He knows when to speak and when not to.

“He is very experienced and someone who I don’t just think is a fantastic footballer as he is a smashing lad as well and that can only benefit the club.”

Gallinagh chalked up more than 100 appearances for Cheltenham between 2003 and 2012 before going on to have spells at Bath City and Hereford United.

After leaving Worcester the Evesham-based personal trainer made 41 outings for Stratford last season but will now drop down two levels to play for City again.

Gallinagh is unavailable for tonight’s FA Cup extra preliminary round replay against Walsall Wood at the Victoria Ground (7.45pm).

But he is expected to feature in Worcester’s home Midland League Premier Division clash with Coventry United on Saturday (3pm).

“The proof will be in the pudding,” Snape said.

“Andy is under no illusions that it will be difficult but he is up for the challenge and will be raring to go on Saturday.

“He is versatile as he can play anywhere across the back four and has played in a holding midfield role many moons ago.

“With the goals that we are conceding I will be looking to bring Andy into defence.”

Snape has also strengthened his defensive options with the signing of James Timmins on a dual-registration deal from Stourbridge.

The teenager is also in line to make his debut against Coventry United.

“He is 18 years old and captained Stourbridge’s youth side,” Snape said.

“He is moving to the University of Worcester to study so it will be down to him to see if he can get a regular place in our first team.

“I think the current squad will feel the pressure of the new lads coming in which can only be good for us.”