METHLEY ROYALS open-age side hope to be playing on Savile Park, in the centre of the village, next season.
The Royals have been given the thumbs up, in principle, for the move by councillors Keith Wakefield and James Lewis, who are facilitating the necessary funding process.
The Royals, whose head coach is Halifax half-back Paul Handforth (pictured), will ground-share with Methley Juniors soccer club.
The Royals already use the dressing rooms at Savile Park on match-days, with both sets of players and match officials making their way to Pinfold Lane for games and returning to get changed before visiting Methley WMC for post-match refreshments.
Vice-chairman Phil Hodgson said: “This is tremendous news. Savile Park is in the centre of the village and will make watching our games so much easier, for our older supporters in particular.
“It will also considerably ease logistical issues on match-days.
“Councillors James Lewis and Keith Wakefield, together with prospective candidate Mary Harland, have been unstinting with their support, and everyone at the Royals is very grateful for their assistance. We are also indebted to Castleford RUFC, our hosts at Pinfold Lane, for making it possible for us to play in the village in the first place, after four years at Willowbridge.”