Sheffield Eagles hopes of starting next season at Owlerton Stadium have edged closer with work starting on creating a pitch.
Returning the grass area inside the speedway track to a surface that meets the needs of rugby league is an essential first step.
Discussions are still going on with Sheffield City Council over the help the Eagles would need to make the proposed move viable.
“We are talking and there are still lots of things to be confirmed but it’s positive and I’m hopeful,” said Mark Aston, the club’s coach and chief executive.
“Weeding and work on the pitch had to get started or it wouldn’t have been ready in time for us to play there next season.”
The Eagles were made homeless by the closure of Don Valley – their base for 23 years – on the day they became the first club to retain the Championship title.
A return to Owlerton – where the club played from 1984 to 89 – has become their main hope of staying in the city.
The Eagles are seeking council aid to build a new 1,200-seater stand and improve changing room facilities at Owlerton.
When the players return after their winter break they will train at Sheffield Hallam University’s redeveloped sports complex on Bawtry Road.
But the loss of Don Valley has left the club without indoor gym and training facilities and Aston is seeking these in time for the start of pre-season training.
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