WORCESTER City have snatched Tyler Weir from under the noses of Blue Square Bet North rivals Gloucester City.

The 21-year-old full-back, who can also operate in midfield, is set to join the St George’s Lane club after his loan at the Tigers from Hereford United finishes following tomorrow’s match against Solihull Moors.

Worcester have been tracking Weir, who played against Worcester in both matches over the Christmas period, for some time and hope to have him on board for next Saturday’s trip to Halifax Town.

It had looked as though the player would extend his stay at Whaddon Road, where he has been on loan since the start of the campaign, but he has opted instead to join Carl Heeley’s squad.

The move represents a good piece of business by City, as they look to mount a challenge for the play-offs, and could also see League Two strugglers Hereford bring a first team to the Lane for a pre-season friendly in the summer.

Hereford-born Weir, who has played nine games for the Bulls since earning a professional contract in May 2009, will provide further competition for places and could even be used in the holding midfield role with Rob Elvins still out injured.

“He’s versatile, can play either full-back role and also in midfield,” said manager Heeley, whose side visit Vauxhall Motors tomorrow (3pm).

“He’s a professional footballer who has played in the Football League and has gained some experience of the Blue Square Bet North and I think he’s got a lot of potential.

“We have been very impressed when we have seen him and I think he will improve us so we are pleased with the outcome.

“We have got a lot of big games coming up and needed strengthening.”

Heeley added: “We are having a decent season but I suppose it’s a bit of a coup that we have taken him from Gloucester.

“We have done it in the right manner. We had a conversation with his parent club, dealt with it professionally and Gloucester were aware of our interest.

“It’s a sign of where we have come as a club that we are now attracting players who want to come and play for us.

“Winning games breeds confidence and more fans come and watch. It’s a huge attraction for players to come and play in front of 800 supporters every week.”