Kettering Town chairman wants Poppies to settle on a home for next 25 years

The Rockingham Road ground pictured in July 2012
The Rockingham Road ground pictured in July 2012

Kettering Town’s chairman says the club want to know where they will be playing for the next 25 to 30 years.

Ritchie Jeune has confirmed the Poppies have now made an offer to buy the former Avondale School site as they target a return to their hometown.

The club had previously revealed their plans to build a new ground on the site while they also put in an offer to buy their former stadium in Rockingham Road.

Jeune revealed the club are yet to hear anything back about the Rockingham Road bid but he insists there are further options that they are now looking at.

The Kettering chairman said: “I have no idea about Rockingham Road.

“We put in an offer and we have not heard anything back as yet.

“But we can’t afford to stand still, we have to keep moving forward and exploring other options.

“The Avondale site is a difficult one with the thing being that everyone has seen that this site has pre-planning on it.

“We will have to wait and see what happens but, from a community perspective, we believe we are offering more.

“From our perspective, we want to know where our long-term home is going to be by the end of the year or, at the very least, by the end of this season.

“We want to know where the club will be playing for the next 25 to 30 years.

“We do have other options to look at but we have now made offers on plans A and B but we have a plan C and we will start looking at a plan D as well now.”

The Poppies, who are sit top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central, currently play at Latimer Park in Burton Latimer - the home of Burton Park Wanderers.