FULL-time will still be the way to go for Hereford United for the foreseeable future.

Despite their well-publicised financial troubles, the Bulls have no intention of lessening their status as they prepare for their fourth season outside the Football League.

And Director of Football Graham Turner believes it is still the right way for the club to go forward.

"I don't think there is any doubt about it," he said. "It is the best solution for running the club.

"It is the best way of producing young players who are capable of doing something for the first team and perhaps making money from them by selling them on, and it also helps in terms of fitness and organisation."

But Turner could still be looking to add part-time players to his squad, having been impressed with the contributions this season of striker Rob Elmes -- by day a schoolteacher, and midfielder John Snape -- who works as an electrician.

He said: "We have part-timers in the squad and it has worked out very well with those two. I am not averse to attracting others."

Life could get increasingly difficult for Hereford the longer they go without regaining their League place, having received a 'parachute' payment in their first year.

An increasing number of Conference clubs, Yeovil Town being the latest, are now going full-time in a bid to smooth the transition to Football League status.

But strangely enough, the Conference title has been won by part-time clubs in the last two seasons, namely Cheltenham Town and Kidderminster Harriers, who have only switched to full-time status after their promotion.

But Turner believes there is not much difference, saying: "If you examine their wage structure very closely it will be higher than ourselves. Sometimes full-time and part-time does not reflect the financial situation."