Pertemps Bees are poised to sign Stourbridge half-back Ben Harvey as backs coach after announcing incumbent Mark Wilson is intending to return to Dudley Kingswinford.
Harvey has played for the Stourton Park club for the last four seasons and has broken most of their scoring records but is understood to want to move into coaching.
According to Bees' director of rugby, Phil Maynard, the deal is "60 per cent" certain to be completed with an agreement likely to be concluded in the next few weeks.
Maynard said yesterday: "Ben has always had some good ideas about coaching and has always wanted to get into it. It would be a good opportunity for him."
Harvey, a versatile three-quarter who is more than a specialist scrum-half, has been one of the best kickers in the National Leagues in recent years. Although Maynard suggested the 30-year-old would not be coming to play, he did not rule out the possibility of the former Moseley and Worcester man lining up in a Bees shirt next season.
Harvey also played for England Under 21s and for the England seven-a-side team in the Commonwealth Games. His 315 league points in 2002-03 remain a Stourbridge record.
Maynard paid tribute to Wilson, who left Heathbrook to join him at Sharmans Cross Road two years ago, but believes he has struggled to reconcile his teaching position with the time demanded in his role at Bees.
Maynard said: " Mark found work commitments increasingly difficult to combine with rugby at this level. He has enjoyed his time with us, has learned a lot and has brought some interesting ideas and innovations.
"But the demands in National One are increasing to a full-time job with part-time money."
Meanwhile, Worcester have signed hooker Chris Fortey from local rivals Gloucester in a move that will reunite the 29-year-old with his brother Lee who joined the Sixways club from Bees in 2003.
The two front-row players played together at Kingsholm for several years before Lee was released while Chris went on to establish a reputation as one of the most abrasive hookers in the Premiership.
Stratford Rugby Club has announced plans for a new clubhouse, costing approximately £1 million, at its Pearcecroft ground, Loxley Road, after the proposal was put forward at their annual meeting on Sunday night.
Jim Leach, re-elected club chairman for a sixth year, said: "This is a most exciting time at the club.
"Over the last ten years we have invested around £100,000 in new floodlights and pitch irrigation - matching the best in Warwickshire. Now we need to bring our clubhouse facilities up to the best of modern-day standards.
"Our existing clubhouse has stood the test of time over many years but is expensive to run and impossible to renovate. It is stretched to the limit by the increase in membership and activity in recent years."
Plans for the development are on display at Loxley Road for a period of consultation with members and the local community after which Stratford intend to apply to the Local Authority for full planning consent.