RENFREW Juniors could be in their new home at Blythswood Retail Park by Christmas.
Express Sports understands that their proposals to relocate from ramshackle Western Park to a new purpose-built site along Inchinnan Road, have been given the green light.
And it’s hoped that the work to turn a section of land at the retail park into the new home of the ’Frew could take place within weeks.
Renfrew joint head coach Colin Clark, right, believes the move will breath new life into the Superleague First Division club.
He said: “I’ve heard that the planning permission for the new park was granted during a meeting on Wednesday night and now it’s a case of getting the money to the builders to get the work done.
“The good thing is that with a 3G or 4G artificial surface, it won’t take long to get down, so we could be looking at being in by Christmas. It’s what the club badly needs because Western Park is a coup.
“And a move to a new flood-lit site will help revitalise the club, help us attract new players and provide stability.”
It’s understood that, once built, the site could be rented out to local community football teams and other organisations, giving Renfrew Juniors an additional revenue stream during the day and at night when they are not in action.
Clark said: “The idea was to move to the new place in 2012, our centenary year, so hopefully we won’t have to wait for much longer. And once we’re in, then we can start to look upwards again.”
Renfrew just missed out on promotion to the Superleague Premier.
They were defeated heavily by Pollok 4-0 in Monday night’s promotion play-off first leg and then drew 1-1 with the Newlandsfield side on Wednesday.
l See page 23 for details on Wednesday’s second-leg clash with Pollok.