WORCESTER City’s George Forsyth is a transfer target for league rivals Walsall Wood.

City today received an approach for the 21-year-old midfielder or centre-half who has played 56 times and scored nine goals in blue and white.

Forsyth debuted at the end of August 2017 having signed on loan from Gloucester City but went back at the end of his initial month.

He then returned permanently following the termination of his contract at the National League South club in October and was a big asset during what proved to be a turbulent end to the campaign, being utilised in a variety of positions.

Those performances earned the ex-Wolves and Kidderminster Harriers youngster the Worcester News Player of the Season award and resulted in interest from two levels above over the summer.

He has played 20 times this season having overcome an early-season knee complaint with his displays attracting the interest of new Wood boss Darren Byfield who took the reins from Gary Birch two months ago.

Promoted to the Midland Football League’s top flight as Division One champions last season, the Lichfield Road outfit is seen as one of the most ambitious in the league and currently sit third but City manager John Snape is determined not to lose his star turn.

“I want George Forsyth here,” said Snape.

“He is an integral part of the team, his consistency and professionalism is second to none and he has been an asset in the dressing room too.

“I have a fantastic working relationship with George and so do the rest of the staff. We love the fact he always wants to play the game in the right way.

“From my point of view and from that of the club he is very much someone we want to keep.”

The unwelcome swoop comes on the back of question marks over Snape’s future at City.

The Worcester News understands Snape was among those considered for the Halesowen Town job prior to Rob Smith and his long-serving assistant Larry Chambers being appointed today.

The duo left Hednesford Town to take the posts.

When asked about the link, Snape said: “Congratulations to Rob Smith and Larry Chambers on getting the job. They have a pedigree and I wish them well but it is nothing to do with me.”

Snape also confirmed he had yet to speak with Nick Smith, the former Bromyard Town manager and Archdales assistant who made public his offer of £300 per week this season and £500 per week from the start of next season towards City’s playing budget in exchange for a place on Snape’s backroom staff.