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Rodwell: “All systems go” on stadium project


Scunthorpe United CEO Jim Rodwell has told BBC Radio Humberside that it would be a “remarkable achievement” if the club moved into their new stadium in the next two years and confirmed that despite having to deal with numerous set backs, it was very much still a case of “all systems go”.

The club have now identified a new site for the 12,000 seater stadium and will have to resubmit planning permission in the near future and are hopeful of being able to move in within two years.

” I think you are always in the hands of other parties to a degree, but I think things are going in the right direction”, Rodwell told BBC Radio Humberside.

“The chairman has gone on record to say things have slightly changed in terms of our application and I think it will change for the better. We’re looking at a different site which we think will be more suitable for the football club.

“It’s all systems go to be honest with you. Nothings changed in that regard and we are confident we will be in there sooner rather than later.

“These things take a little bit of time. Five or six years to get in a new stadium from a blank piece of paper is remarkable with all the challenges you face.”

Rodwell, who was re elected to the Football League board earlier this week also said he was optimistic the club could improve on last season’s third place finish, with the Iron sitting amongst the favourites for promotion with bookmakers who are running some fantastic betting offers ahead of the curtain raising clash with Wimbledon on Saturday.

“It’s the eve of a new season and I think if you are not optimistic, whoever you are in League One or any other division then you’re probably in the wrong game”, he continued.

“We’ve got every reason to be optimistic. Last season we didn’t go quite as close as we would have liked. It wasn’t through the want of trying.

“I think the squad was in need of tweaking as opposed to major surgery and I think that’s what the manager has done to be honest with you.

“I think we’ve brought four or five in (McArdle, Ojo, Burgess, Gilks, Redmond) and it’s no disrespect to the player that have been here previously but you have got to try and bring in better players than the ones that are leaving.

“It’s always going to be the challenge. We think we have done that. Time will tell.”

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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