WORCESTER Raiders striker Zaq Hussain said it was an "easy decision" to return to the club as he looks to continue his prolific goal-scoring form in recent seasons.

Hussain signed for rivals Worcester City in the summer, but left the club earlier this month after seeing his game time restricted.

The striker was brought in by City boss Chris Cornes following a brilliant season at OJM Black County in 2022/23 when he scored 32 goals in 34 appearances.

And Hussain shows no sign of stopping. He provided two assists and a goal in Raiders'  3-1 win at Longlevens in mid-week on what was his first start since his return to the club.

"I enjoyed my time at City (Worcester) but I am only young," he said. "I scored a few goals last season and I don't want to be stopping so I spoke to Karl and he said if I took my opportunities, then i'll play so I think I have done that tonight (Wednesday).

"I gave them my reasons as to why I joined City in the summer and Karl was happy with that but him and I have always been close and we stayed in touch and he caught up with me when I was leaving City and it was an easy decision really. 

"I have been here before, I love the club so no real decision to be made in the end."

Raiders' boss Karl Gormley has worked with Hussain before and has watched him play football from a young age and spoke of his pride at seeing the sort of player he has turned into.

"Zaq is in that gang of lads who I have known, alongside Kyle Belmonte, since they were six or seven years old so to see them doing the business out on the pitch, Kyle as well, it's brilliant," said Gormley.

"I tried to get Zaq in pre-season but obviously he went over to City but as soon as I knew he was going over to Coleshill (seven-day loan), I had another chat with him and I think his mind was made up then.

"To get him in, he is such a big player for this squad. In the second-half on Wednesday he was probably playing at 60-70% but you saw at the end that he has that bit of magic in him and he will always have that."