A 53-week building programme on Scunthorpe United’s new stadium should begin in March.
The Lincolnshire Lakes scheme has been hit by delays in reaching a Section 106 planning agreement between developer the Lucent Group and North Lincolnshire Council.
Lucent spokesman Charles Forsyth told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: “We are anticipating everything will be signed and sealed by the end of January.
“Our intention is to start the infrastructure work by the end of March, putting the access roads in to start.
“It is a transformational project, there is a process to follow and all parties wanted to make sure we got it right.
North Lincolnshire Council leader Liz Redfern said the authority were negotiating the best deal for rate-payers from the section 106 agreement.
She said: “It is over £100 million of money that we will need to make sure the drainage system is adequate, that the schools are built and that the rest of the infrastructure is in place.
“Yes, it has taken a long time and has made an impact, but all of the discussions were about making sure what is there will be viable for the long term.”
Iron Chairman Peter Swann, who pushed the move in date back to March 2017 in a Christmas Eve statement said the agreement between all parties had taken “six months longer than it should have done”.
“I believe all they (Lucent) were doing was negotiating with the council on a section 106 agreement.
“It is a huge agreement over tens of millions of pounds and that has taken a little bit longer than we all would have wanted.”
Swann said the new stadium could host the final few home games of next season.
“It could be almost like a soft opening to prepare ourselves for the following season.
“We are just looking forward to getting it built.”