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Denaby United are close to agreeing a 25-lease on their Old Road headquarters with Doncaster Council, the Times understands.

The agreement will help the Doncaster Senior League Premier Division champions apply for funding to build perimeter fencing and a spectator rail, requirements they must fulfil to gain entry to the Central Midlands League.

“Long term,” United’s Steve Pugh said, “we want to get back to the Northern Counties East League, where we once were, but that needs floodlights and a 50-seater stand and other requirements.

“But we’re just treading water at the minute, so it’s up to us to push the boat out and get it done as quickly as possible.”

United kick off their season on Saturday against South Elmsall United Services without the services of last season’s player of the year Callum Black, who has joined Maltby Main.

United have re-signed star man Mick Russon, and have also added Mark Williams who played for Penkridge Town in the West Midlands League last season.

“Both players have real quality,” Pugh added.

“Mick is capable of playing a lot higher, and Mark has played at a higher level so it’s good news for us.

“We want to win the league again, of course, but in the last two years we’ve had two league titles and no cup wins. So that’s an obvious target. We’ve entered the Doncaster FA Cup, the Sheffield County Cup and there’s the Premier Division Cup, too, so hopefully we can win one of those.”

United have no game on September 14, due to the St Leger at Doncaster Racecourse.