WORCESTER City manager Ashley Vincent is working to rebuild the confidence of former Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Nyeko Sinclair.

The defender was part of Wolves’ youth set-up and featured for the Premier League club’s under 18s before his departure in 2017.

A spell at Tamworth was then followed by a stint in Sweden where he played for second-tier side IFK Östersund.

He joined Redditch United where first-team opportunities were limited before making the step down to the Midland League Premier Division to play for Worcester.

And Vincent believes the 20-year-old is still feeling the effects of seeing his dreams at Wolves disappear.

But the former Colchester United winger is determined to get Sinclair who has committed to City for the 2019-20 campaign back on track.

“When he came out of Wolves, I think it was a bit of a knock for him,” said Vincent who also graduated from Wolves' academy.

“He has been at a couple of clubs in the non-league circuit but he has had a knock in confidence.

“What we have tried to do is get his confidence back.

“A lot of people think it is just strikers that play on confidence but it is all footballers and coaches too so it is my job to try to build that and protect them from criticism that sometimes comes from elsewhere.

“The more confident and happy you are the better you play football.

“What we do have in this football club is undoubted quality and boys with very good talent so it is my job to bring that out of them.”

Sinclair joined City on loan from Redditch last term and made seven appearances before deciding to return for pre-season training.

Vincent said Sinclair was “always keen to stay on board” and was delighted with his performances in the friendlies against Rushall Olympic and Stratford Town.

“You would think that professional discipline would come naturally for a player coming out a big club,” Vincent said.

“But sometimes when a lad takes a knock those things go by the wayside a little bit.

“We think we have got him focused and I thought he was fantastic in the Rushall and Stratford games – and they are both step three sides.

“He was spot on when he had the ball and his concentration levels were high.

“Having come out of a really big club you know he can play football and is technically good.

“But it was about getting him to believe and be switched on in training and playing as he needs to be concentrating all the time.

“He has come back in great condition and has wanted to do it.”