THE notion of a ground-share deal between Worcester Warriors and Worcester City at Sixways has long been a topic of debate.

News that both parties are now open to discussing the issue is a pertinent point at this critical juncture for the football club.

The Blue and Whites are coming to the end of their two-season deal at Aggborough and have publicly stated they are looking at both current landlords Kidderminster Harriers and other options for a temporary home for the 2015-16 campaign.

But there is also the bigger picture of the long-term future of the club. Being in exile, you would think, can only last so long and eventually City will need to return to Worcester if they are to be sustainable.

This is where Perdiswell comes in. Plans for a community stadium alongside the new swimming pool are significantly advanced although nothing yet has been heard by Worcester City Council.

How ever much talking is done about Sixways, first and foremost City and the Conference North club’s supporters’ trust need to see the Perdiswell project to fruition, whatever the outcome.

Too much time and effort has been invested in what appears to be the best fit for the club.

But what happens if a stadium at Perdiswell does not materialise? No matter how unlikely or unpalatable it may seem to some, success is not 100 per cent guaranteed.

Should City need another option further down the line, Sixways might just offer them that. Surely that is better than having nothing at all?

For a long time, Sixways was off the table, continually dismissed by Warriors benefactor Cecil Duckworth, not least because former City regimes seemed to be seeking a larger slice of the pie than was realistic.

But now the landscape has altered slightly with chief executive Jim O’Toole arriving from London Irish, where he had experience of ground-sharing with Reading FC.

If it can work there, and in Newport and Bristol, why not Worcester?

City, understandably, want their own home and Perdiswell is their choice.

But keeping their options can’t be a bad thing either.