WORCESTER City have brought back fan favourite Sean Geddes and signed ‘tough tackling’ Richard Batchelor to bolster their midfield ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
Geddes, who is no stranger to the Blue and Whites, re-joins the club on a free transfer after a brief spell back at his hometown side Stourbridge in December.
The 24-year-old played a starring role in City’s memorable 2014 FA Cup run, scoring twice against Coventry City in the First Round and finding the back of the net against Scunthorpe United in the Second Round replay at Aggborough.
The highlight of the 2014/15 season though, was the midfielder’s incredible rabona goal against Barrow in the FA Trophy, which was viewed all over the world online and finished runner-up in Sky Sports viewers’ goal of the year.
28-year-old Richard Batchelor, who joins the club from Vanarama National League North rivals Brackley Town, is described as a tough tackling, ball winning central midfielder.
The former Leamington, Hednesford Town, Chasetown and Romulus player has been drafted in to provide the ‘no nonsense’ attributes City manger Carl Heeley believes were lacking during the latter part of the last season.
Geddes said: “I’m delighted to be back playing for Worcester. The fans have always been great with me so I owe it to them. I’m coming back fitter and stronger and I’m looking forward to the new season ahead.”
Heeley said: “Both Richard and Sean are players that have the capabilities to transform the squad for the new campaign and they will bring totally different qualities.
“Richard will bring a physical presence and a strong leadership quality that will compliment the excellent footballers we currently have. He’s a midfielder opponents hate playing against as he’s a tough competitor and has always chipped in with his share of goals.
“Sean, as we all know, has unbelievable ability which is way above the National League North and we were lucky enough to see those qualities during the memorable cup runs and, of course, that rabona kick.
“After speaking with Sean, he convinced me the hunger to get back to his best form was as strong as ever. He can easily get to 20 goals a season and I want to give him that opportunity again.”
The new signings follow the recent acquisition of centre-back Graham Hutchinson.