DEADEYE striker Dave Reynolds is set to lead Malvern Town’s attack against league leaders Tividale – and joint-boss Lee Hooper hopes to make the move permanent.

Reynolds left for Worcester City in the summer of 2017 having racked up more than 50 goals in his final season with Town.

He also had the Midas touch for City, notching 34 times in 54 appearances notwithstanding county cups with Redditch United swooping for his services in September.

But the Malvern-based hotshot has found first-team chances hard to come by at the Valley Stadium, prompting his decision to seek game time elsewhere.

Reynolds featured as Town drew 0-0 with Stourport Swifts in a friendly on Tuesday and comes back into contention for Saturday’s trip to the West Midlands (Regional) League title favourites (3pm).

“Dave coming back is a real bonus,” said Hooper.

“We are still talking to him but the main thing for now is he wants a bit of football having not played at Redditch. He got some minutes into his legs on Tuesday night and will be with us on Saturday.

“Beyond that we hope to have him for the rest of the season but we will wait to see.

“With us losing Josh Hunt and his goals we have been crying out for a striker. It would have been silly not to go for him with his record and keeping him on would be massive for us.”

As a non-contract player, Reynolds remains registered with and eligible for Redditch and City as well as Malvern.

On the midweek outing, Hooper added: “It was good to blow out the cobwebs and it went quite well. We got minutes into players who had not been involved and some of the youth-team lads, both teams got what they wanted from the game.”

Attacking option George Hayes, who was dual-registered with league rivals Wellington and Westfields, has also signed on as well as veteran frontrunner Bryan Craven.

“Bryan has been around for years,” said Hooper.

“He has dived in and out but it will be good to have him back in the changing room. He is a great lad who has a good buzz about him, the kind that the others can thrive off.”

Midfielder Jim Feberey is set to miss at least a fortnight with a torn groin muscle.