KIDDERMINSTER Harriers legend Richard Forsyth revealed he had no hesitation in advising son George to kickstart his career at Worcester City.

Forsyth Jnr, 21, impressed during a loan spell with the Midland Football League outfit before signing permanently following the termination of his contract at Gloucester in October.

Despite representing a three-tier drop for the former Wolves youngster, dad Richard recognised how City’s history and stature could help his lad to plot a path to a professional career.

And having made the grade late himself, signing for Birmingham City at the age of 24 following 71 goals in 303 games for Harriers, Forsyth Snr reckons George is heading in the right direction.

“I am delighted with his progress and the way the club has taken to him,” he said.

“That step from youth and reserve football into the senior game is always a difficult one to take but at he has a great opportunity at Worcester.

“With the size and stature of the club, you get good exposure. He really enjoys his football there, the lads have been great for him and he has been learning a lot.

“He has to keep learning and working hard but hopefully, he can become more of a permanent fixture.

“Okay, the club needs to get out of this division as quickly as possible but I knew the size of Worcester City from my playing days. As soon as I knew of their interest, I told George what a great opportunity it would be.”

City’s trip to AFC Wulfrunians tonight (7.45) had been set to pit father against son until Forsyth Snr stood down as manager of the Wolverhampton-based outfit.

“It was down to ambition and a lack of resources,” he explained.

“We had one of the smallest budgets in the division and it was going to be reduced even more. I had taken the team to a secure mid-table position and wanted to kick on from there.

“I am the sort of person that wants to finish as high as possible. It is a very well-run club with great commitment and togetherness but you just get to a point where you realise you may not be able to take it any further.

“I would like to return to management but next time I would want to know the objectives of the club and the budget before I took it on.

“It was nobody’s fault, just the way things were. They will be okay, though.”

On what City should expect from his former charges, Forsyth Snr added: “They will be organised and under Steve Palmer you can guarantee they will work their socks off.

“It is a big game for Wulfrunians and they had a cracking result at the weekend. They have threats, without doubt, but if Worcester can produce their A game they should be okay.

“Consistency is the big thing in this league, though, and things don’t always turn out that way.”