WARRIORS owners Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring would open to discussing a homecoming for Worcester City at or near Sixways.

The football club has been groundsharing out of the city for the past six years and will enter a seventh season without a permanent home by again playing from Bromsgrove Sporting in 2019-20.

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In March, City shareholders ratified a switch to a community-owned model that top brass hope will help a push to gain access to land for a new ground on a Worcester City Council-owned plot of land at Perdiswell.

The prospect of basing football at Sixways has been mooted many times and caused a mixed reaction from fans of both clubs.

It was revealed in March that members of City’s board had met with an unnamed party at Warriors which would have led to “someone involved with the rugby club” working “above the board” of the football club.

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Despite chairman Steve Goode confirming City had been “in favour of doing that” at the time of the meetings “mainly for the sake of keeping Worcester City going”, nothing materialised.

But Goldring and Whittingham, who bought out Jed McCrory’s stake in Warriors earlier this month, say they are open to the idea of discussing City’s future with Goldring joining calls for the club to return to Worcester.

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Whittingham said: “If Worcester City needs a home and we have space for them, why wouldn’t we consider that?

“We want to be seen to be supporting sport in Worcester. We are the biggest sports club by a mile and if it works to support them, great, but the main thing for us is to support the rugby club.

“This will always be a rugby club at its heart, whatever we do outside – hotels, retail centres, coffee places – it is all to sustain rugby.

“One thing is certain, the sport is only going to get more competitive and at some point more expensive.

“Football could come, yes to house them but to support the rugby as well.”

Goldring added: “There have been tough times for the football club, the existing board there has fought hard, tried to make sure it is sustainable and have done their best. They have done a decent job with where they are.

“It does seem strange to me that a club with the name Worcester City is not in the city. If we are caring about the Worcester community, it just seems odd that they are outside.

“They should come in somehow, whether that’s with us or at another ground – I know they are looking at Perdiswell and other grounds but wherever they go they should be back in Worcester.”