Royals set to move to new pitch

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METHLEY Royals ARLFC are on course to start next season playing at Savile Park in the centre of the village.

Leeds Council’s parks department has started work on transforming the pitch, which is currently used solely by Methley United AFC, into a dual-purpose ground also suitable for rugby league.

The pitch perimeter fencing at one end is being dismantled, to allow for the in-goal areas, and the concrete foundation for a planned shelter is also being removed, for the same reason.

Dual-purpose goals (pictured) suitable for rugby league and soccer are being installed.

Work should be completed by the start of the new campaign in early September.

Royals vice chairman Phil Hodgson said: “We are very grateful to our councillors, Mary Harland, James Lewis and Keith Wakefield, for their unstinting efforts in successfully securing us a pitch in the centre of the village.

“We are also delighted by the pro-active approach of Leeds parks officials Tony Stringwell and Steve Grundy, who are working hard to ensure that everything should be ready by September.

“Castleford RUFC have been very supportive hosts at Pinfold Lane for the last 12 months, and we hope to maintain, and build on, our strong relationship with them.”