Worcester City boss Carl Heeley still negotiating over new deals

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Worcester City boss Carl Heeley is keen to continue his summer rebuilding programme at St George's Lane.

City have released Lee Smith, as well as losing Dwayne Samuels to Harrogate.

But eight of last season's squad have pledged to see out another year at St George's Lane - and Heeley expects more to follow as he plans for a Blue Square Bet North promotion push.

"There are still players we are negotiating with," Heeley told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"In an ideal world, I wouldn't want to be changing more than three or four players but it is obviously dependent on how the negotiations go with the remainder of the squad.

"That will dictate how many we need to bring in but the main aim is to keep the bulk of last season's squad. I want to tinker with the squad rather than undergo a major overhaul.

"On the whole, the players who have already committed are the ones we desperately wanted to keep. That bodes well for next season. They now believe we can now push on to the next level."

Widely tipped for relegation in the season just ended, City confounded expectations to be in the running for a play-off place until the penultimate match - and Heeley admits that good showing did not go unnoticed by players elewhere and that his phone has been busy in recent weeks.

"We are not committing to anyone at the moment, we are just talking to them," he added. "We will see what their intentions are and then we will take it from there."

"There are players who have played in this league and others who have played in the league above and who have careers in the Football League as well."