WORCESTER City manager Carl Heeley wants to open talks with former Shrewsbury Town defender Harry Hooman.

The Worcester-born 20-year-old was released by the npower League Two side earlier this week and the St George’s Lane chief is keen to make contact with the former Bishop Perowne College student.

Hooman, who made two first-team appearances for the Greenhous Meadow outfit before his exit, spent two months on loan at City’s Blue Square Bet North rivals Hinckley United.

Heeley said he tried to bring the Warndon Villages youngster to the Lane last term but was knocked back by the Shrews.

“I’m obviously aware of Harry and I would like to speak to him to find out what his plans are,” Heeley said.

“I saw a bit of him at Hinckley last season and I tried to bring him to the Lane but the move was rebuffed.

“I haven’t spoken to him yet, but I would like to.”

The City chief says he has identified a number of player options to help him strengthen his squad for the new campaign.

“That is one thing there isn’t a shortage of — players,” Heeley said. “Obviously players are considering what options are out there.”

Heeley says he is still waiting to discover whether midfielder Gary Walker, defender Neil Cartwright and top-scorer Danny Glover will commit their futures to the club.

However, midfielder Matt Birley will be returning for pre-season training this summer.

“I have had positive talks with them and hopefully they will stay,” Heeley said.

Meanwhile, former City full-back Graham Ward has signed for Blue Square Bet North rivals Nuneaton Town.