BROMSGROVE Sporting chairman Mike Burke has confirmed ground share partners Worcester City will be remaining at the Victoria Ground for at least another season.

Speculation has been rife over Worcester's future following their demotion to the Midland Football League next season, which is effectively a drop of three levels after finishing third from bottom in National League North this term.

As a result, Worcester will be playing Bromsgrove Sporting next season, chairman Burke said: "It should make for an interesting local derby on Boxing Day and at Easter.

"As far as the lease is concerned, Worcester signed a two year deal with an option on three.

"The deal is for rent on the ground and doesn't impact as to which league they are playing in."

Mr Burke also revealed the club had agreed a budget with manager Paul Smith for next season and said: "Paul seems happy with the figure we have offered him. We want to maintain our momentum and we believe it is a budget capable of winning the league, although we are mindful that we'll be coming up against much bigger clubs next season, with Worcester City a case in mind.

"But you don't go into a league to finish second or third."

Work is currently taking place at the Victoria Ground to refurbish the pitch.

There are also plans to improve the kitchen and enlarge the club shop during the close season.

Mr Burke also added: "We're always on the lookout for volunteers to help with the general maintenance of the ground. There are people working at the club most days of the week. If anyone can help, please contact the club."