ROTHERHAM Titans have confirmed talks regarding a proposed relocation to Millmoor have reached an advanced stage.
Titans’ directors have been in talks with Rotherham Borough Council and land-owners the Booth family for several months over the ambitious plans.
And it will be the council who rents Rotherham United’s former home from the Booths and then sub-let it back to the Titans.
The deal was announced at a cabinet meeting with council leader Roger Stone backing the club’s bid for a third promotion to the top flight.
Stone said: “A move away from Clifton Lane will be essential if the Titans are to reach the Premiership for a third time.
“We will be taking on the lease with the Booth family, who’ve been extremely helpful. The rugby club will then rent that from us.
“So whatever it costs in rent, that will come from the rugby club and we will just pass it over.”
The Titans hope to develop the ground as a leading stand-alone rugby union venue in the north and possibly attract representative rugby to the area.
Plans also involve a refurbishment of the Tivoli Suite.
And the Titans are hoping to complete the new main stand which was only half finished during the Millers’ tenure.
Seats will be relocated from the Millmoor Lane stand to fill in the large gaps.
The Titans are planning to begin playing their RFU Championship fixtures at Millmoor early in 2012 and will possibly trial Friday night matches.
Club chairman Nick Cragg said: “The negotiations on Millmoor are at an advanced stage and we hope that they can be successfully concluded.
“I must stress that whilst there is a desire on behalf of the owners of Millmoor, Rotherham MBC, and Rotherham Rugby Club to reach agreement there is a considerable amount of detailed work still to be completed.
“The Millmoor development is just one part of Rotherham Rugby Club’s ambitious journey.”
The Titans are looking to become fully professional as well as developing the junior and amateur community sections on Herringthorpe playing fields.