CLYDEBANK FC and Yoker Athletic will share Holm Park as their new permanent ground, after West Dunbartonshire Council gave the green light to plans that will see the regeneration of the ground as a community sports facility.

The decision comes as an important milestone in the history of both clubs, and marks the formal start of the process in securing their long term futures at Holm Park.

And both Clydebank manager, Budgie McGhie and Steven Reilly, Yoker Athletic’s manager, hailed the plans as a massive step forward for the future of the teams.

Budgie said: “It was great news for the club, obviously it’ll take a bit of time before it comes to fruition but it can give the club a bit more security than they’ve had in recent years.

“There’s numerous advantages of it, and obviously very much a joint share with Yoker, but at the same time it will put the club in a better place than we currently are and we won’t have much expense for things like training sessions.

“It should free up a bit of money for ourselves which can only be a good thing.”

Reilly added: “It’s great, just for the players alone, and for myself and the coaching staff as well to be based at one place.

“We’ll be able to train at the park as well and it will be a much more professional outlook and that’s what I’m trying to bring to the club.

“To have the facilities and a good pitch to play on a Saturday will certainly benefit the club and the players, and it will help attract new players as well so it’s all looking good.”

The plans will see a modern sporting facility equipped with a synthetic playing surface, floodlights and an upgraded ground facilities.

The work on the ground is likely to to begin at the end of next year, with talks planned to begin in the next few months.