HUDDERSFIELD Giants officials are today stepping up their search for a new ground to stage Academy clashes.
News that plans to re-develop Fartown have been shelved have left the Super League club looking for a new venue for Under 21 and Under 18 matches.
Huddersfield YMCA's Laund Hill ground and Huddersfield RU's Lockwood Park have both staged Academy fixtures in the past and are serious options.
With the Academy season not getting under way until the end of February, the Giants still have some time on their side.
But the club's busy football manager Stuart Sheard is hopeful of firming up any new deals in the next seven days.
"Although we put a lot of time and effort into the Fartown project, we needed to keep our options fairly open in case things fell through," said Sheard.
"Unfortunately, we have now reached that position, so we are having to work flat-out to put our contingency plans into operation.
"We have several irons in the fire, but there's still work to be done and it wouldn't be right at this stage to say what they are.
"But I would hope that by the time the Academy fixtures are released, which should be towards the end of next week, everything will be in place.
"One thing that is for certain is that it won't be Fartown.
"The Rugby Football League made it crystal clear to us last season that unless the re-development of the ground went through there's no way they would allow us to continue.
"A number of visiting clubs complained about the standard of the pitch and the standard of the dressing room. It was clear its days were numbered in its present state."