GEORGE Forsyth rejected the overtures of Walsall Wood and revealed he had “turned down more money two or three times” to remain at Worcester City.

The centre-half or midfielder, who turns 22 on Tuesday when City host Bromsgrove Sporting, quickly scotched the prospect of jumping ship to City’s league rivals the day after an approach for his services landed.

City opted to waive the seven-day notice period in order to get the matter resolved and were rewarded with loyalty from one of the club’s hottest prospects.

“I have turned down more money two or three times and Snapper (John Snape, City manager) knows that,” added Forsyth, who did not comment on whether the Walsall Wood proposal would have represented a pay rise.

“Over the summer I was offered more money elsewhere. It is not about that for me, this is a footballing decision.

“I want to play higher, of course. I want to get back to where I was but I have started to make a bit of a name for myself, people know where I am.

“Before I was here, there and everywhere, at a different club each month. You get no stability but now people know I am settled at Worcester City and that’s the main thing for me.

“I have another job so money is not a problem. It is nice to be offered nice deals by clubs, though, it shows you’re doing something right.”

Forsyth revealed he had discussed the potential move with Wood boss and ex-Aston Villa striker Darren Byfield out of respect to a manager who is no stranger to the ex-Wolves and Kidderminster Harriers youngster.

“I spoke with Darren yesterday, I get on with him and to be fair he was sound about it all,” said Forsyth.

“He said they have the same aspirations as us, that they want to go up and that he had been tracking me for a while after seeing me at Kidderminster and Stratford.

“I had spoken to him before and nearly joined Redditch when he was manager there before my move to Gloucester.

“Working with him is something that will probably happen in the future but I felt this would have been a sideways move and it just wasn’t right.

“I have got something here, I love playing for the club in front of a good fanbase and Snapper has been brilliant to me.

“I told Darren all of that and he was brilliant, he has been a player at the top level and understood. He was great.”

City have a blank weekend coming up before returning to action in a home Worcestershire Senior Urn semi-final tie match against their landlords in midweek.