Belfast Telegraph

Crusaders must start again in bid for new arena

By Graham Luney

Crusaders say they are "back to square one" in their search for a new stadium in north-Belfast.

The Shore Road side remain committed to leaving Seaview to help secure their long-term future but their efforts to find a suitable site are ongoing.

There has been speculation that two possible sites identified for a switch are at Milewater Road and at the current Loughside Recreational Centre, with the latter emerging a favoured destination.

Crusaders had to explore other options after the North Foreshore project became a non-runner.

Mark Langhammer, director of stadium development at the club, said they were some way off sealing a deal.

He said: "We are back to square one with regard to the stadium plan.

"We are looking at a range of sites but there is nothing definite that we can take back to our members."

The Crues are one of several clubs waiting to see if money can be secured from Government to help build a new stadium.

* Glenavon have been invited to Rotterdam to play a friendly against Leonidas on Saturday, January 4.

Cliftonville, Glenavon's scheduled Danske Bank Premiership opponents on that date, have agreed to move the league game to Tuesday, January 7 with a 7:45 pm kick off.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton said: "Leonidas will fly the Glenavon squad out on the Saturday morning, host us for lunch before we play a match against them on Saturday afternoon.

"They put us up in a hotel and fly us back home again on Sunday.

"We're very grateful to Tommy Breslin who was very happy to accommodate us having accepted a similar invitation to take his Cliftonville squad to Leonidas two seasons ago.

"He was very enthusiastic about the experience his players enjoyed and he said the whole weekend was professionally organised."

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