BOARD members from Worcester City FC have provided an update on the club's fortunes amid the coronavirus crisis.

In an update, the club's board updated fans on the club's financial position, the quest to bring the club back to Worcester and the forecast for next season.

In a statement, chairman Steve Goode, vice chairman Colin Layland and directors Martin Pinches, Mike Davis, David Wood and Luke Cox said: "First of all, we would like to start by extending our best wishes to everyone reading this. Covid-19 has brought about hugely challenging and uncertain times for all of us.

"Our sincerest thoughts go out to everyone effected and sincerest thanks to those who are keeping society ticking.

"Despite the current climate, our work goes on to bring Worcester City FC home for next season. We have developed a positive working relationship with the Worcestershire FA as we have progressed over the last few months.

"With the help of external advisors, we aim to finalise an agreement for our tenure at Claines Lane in due course. We have every confidence this will be completed soon and we look forward to announcing it.

"We are working with the WFA to bring the ground up to our grading. Recent talks have converged on the playing surface at Claines Lane and we are working closely to explore what we can contribute to improving it alongside the WFA’s new maintenance regime which has begun.

"The WFA have been very accommodating towards our requirements and we look forward to making Claines Lane our new home back in Worcester and being a part of the football ecosystem there."

The board reassured fans the club does have sufficient cash to survive the coronavirus crisis, despite other clubs being forced to fold.

They said they have "no concerns" over the short to medium term viability of the club as long as current income streams are maintained.

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On the future of the club, the board said: "Despite a lot of hard work being ahead of us, the club returning home to Worcester next season in a renovated facility will give us a new lease of life to kick on.

"Being based at Claines Lane will provide us with fertile ground for revenue building opportunities that were simply not possible whilst in exile.

"Over the summer months we’ll be working hard to ensure that Worcester City FC is a financial success next season. In keeping with this, we are also committed to making football exciting again and building a sustained and growing interest around Worcester City that’s been missing for some time.

"Inline with this, we are pleased to announce we will be providing our management team with an increased budget for next season that’s capable of building a promotion vying side within our means.

"Keep the faith, stay safe and lookout for one another."