MENACING midfielder Kurtis Mewies is set to be the driving force behind Worcester City’s “aggressive” brand of football next season.

Manager Ashley Vincent wants City to get “after people” and reckons hard-man Mewies will help to impose that go-getting mentality in matches.

The 25-year-old has agreed terms with Worcester ahead of the upcoming Midland League Premier Division campaign after a successful trial at the club.

And Vincent believes City have pulled off a coup, insisting players with Mewies’ combative style of play are becoming rare in the game.

“Kurtis has got this natural aggression and plays on the line which we felt we needed in our side,” Vincent said.

“With such a young squad we needed someone that was going to stand their corner.

“When matches get into a battle we now know we have got someone who nine out of 10 times is going to win the ball.

“I am sure other managers would have wanted him so we are fortunate to get him on board.

“Players like Kurtis are going out of the game.

“When I was assistant and John (Snape) was manager we were out every week watching games and trying to find someone like him.

“Football is evolving but I think there is still a place for that kind of player. In fact I think there is a need for it.

“I reckon nine out of 10 managers would say they would want two or three of them in their side.

“The chances of getting that nowadays is pretty much impossible but if you can get one or two that can only enhance your squad and help you going forward.”

Vincent’s assistant Marlon Walters is well aware of Mewies’ physical approach to the game having played alongside him at Bedworth United.

Mewies has also made his presence felt at Coventry Sphinx and Atherstone Town.

But Vincent reckons Mewies can channel his aggression in the right way and would not go out to hurt anybody.

“He does play on the line but Kurtis is experienced and has played in winning teams at a higher level than this,” Vincent said.

“He is not a kid so I don’t think he needs to be managed and he is a really top person as well.

“He is not someone who just goes around kicking people. He can play football.

“He can get the ball down and pass it and that is what I definitely want.

“When it comes to people that play on the line there are going to be times when there might be a mistimed tackle and we might run into little bumps along the way.

“But we know we are getting a quality player and someone we want if we are going to have an aggressive style of football.

“That doesn’t mean causing any kind of trouble. It means playing at a higher tempo and getting after people. Kurtis will help us do that.”

Mewies is expected to feature in Saturday’s friendly against landlords Bromsgrove Sporting at the Victoria Ground (3pm).

Meanwhile, City's FA Cup extra preliminary round home tie with Stone Old Alleynians has been moved to Sunday, August 11 (3pm), as Sporting are at home on the Saturday.