WORCESTER City is finalising an application to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for ground improvements to Claines Lane.

A stand, further covered accommodation, a public address system, turnstiles, hardstanding and potentially extra toilets are the major parts City hope to secure grants for in order to achieve the ground grading to return to Worcester.

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And club director and supporters' trust chairman Dave Wood told shareholders at a meeting on Thursday the possibility of getting the site up to scratch for the next level "all in one hit" was also being considered.

More clarity on that was to be discussed when they met with the Worcestershire FA and Worcester City Council representatives yesterday.

City chairman Steve Goode, who confirmed available funding for jobs required for ground grading would be accessed by the club and not site owners and managers Worcestershire FA, said: "The application is about to go in and we have talked about facilities we want to have.

"We are having meetings on a regular basis and have ideas about what we want, those haven't been finalised but we are all on the same page.

"The focus is on making sure we have everything in place and nothing gets missed."

Worcestershire FA recently secured up to £750,000 of loans from the city council to complete delayed redevelopment work. Claines Lane had been due to reopen at the end of September.

The meeting rubber also stamped a motion enabling an outright takeover of the club. If 60 per cent or more of the shareholding agrees the rest are now required to sell at the same price.

It came on the back of takeover interest from Warriors owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham which has since subsided.