Poole Town’s future may lie away from Tatnam Farm – after it was revealed the club’s lease expires at their current base in four years.
Ever since moving to their current ground in 2000, the club has struggled with constant battles against ground gradings, planning applications, residents’ objections and the weather, seeing the club pour over £750,000 into the site.
Now that all could be in vain, as Reeves revealed that the club’s lease expires in December 2024 – and that the club were in advanced talks with BCP Council and a third-party to secure the club’s future.
Situated on a school site, the club currently leases the ground from BCP Council.
Reeves told BuZZ news: “Our future is unlikely to be at Tatnam. We are not counting any chickens whatsoever in terms of being able to extend our lease at Tatnam, and that is driving our thoughts to make sure that we have an appropriate alternative.
“Hopefully that alternative will blast through the word appropriate, and be something that everybody can get very excited about.”
Whilst bound by a confidentiality agreement, Reeves hinted that an announcement could be made in April, but also ruled out a return to the Dolphins’ former home at Poole Stadium.
Expelled from the stadium in 1994 after an expansion to greyhound and speedway tracks, the club endured a nomadic existence prior to finding their feet again at Tatnam.
The six years without a permanent ground led to Poole dropping to their lowest ever league in the Hampshire league, something that Reeves does not want repeated.
“There is no chance of a return to Poole Stadium. The general manager (Shaun Spencer-Perkins) of Poole Stadium is on our board, the football club has a very close relationship with the company that owns Poole Stadium.
“I know its eyebrow-raising and I know people are tired of hearing me saying this, but I am under a confidentiality agreement and so is the rest of the board.
“Trust me, the future of the football club is dominating our lives.
“Our relationship with the council is first class, absolutely first-class. But, they are constrained by what they can and can’t do financially and resource wise.
“I think it would be extremely unfair for any Poole supporter to think that the council are not being supportive at the present time, because they certainly are.
“I am stretching my confidentiality agreement a tad, but they are very much involved in the discussions we are involved in.”
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