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DISCUSSIONS have started which could see Welsh Premier champions The New Saints move to a new 8,000-seater football and rugby stadium close to Oswestry town centre.

If the venture between TNS, FC Oswestry Town and Oswestry Rugby Club gets the go-ahead, WPL football would move to the new ground, with Park Hall being used for community and academy sides.

TNS owner Mike Harris told Jonny Drury of the Shropshire Star that he had met with representatives from both of the other clubs and is now hoping for council backing.

"It is early stages, but discussions between potential parties have taken place and if the council backs it it will be an exciting opportunity," he said. "It could be up to 8,000 seats, and that would allow us to hold our Champions League games in the town, and for FC Oswestry to potentially have FA Cup games in the town when it comes to it, which would be massive.

"The details of everything aren't 100 per cent clear yet, but it would be a superb development, it would create jobs for the town."

Land has been identified and discussions have already taken place with the owner, Oswestry Town Council.

Harris says that having two clubs playing within the town is a 'fantastic opportunity' for Oswestry, which has not seen football played in the town centre since Oswestry Town were forced to sell their Victoria Road ground for housing development in 1988 to pay-off debts. After a period of inactivity, they played at Park Hall until being taken over by TNS in 2003.

Subsequently, Park Hall was redeveloped and Welsh Premier football returned in 2007 when TNS relocated from Llansantffraid.

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