CANALSIDE will, in the not too distant future, be a gleaming tribute to chairman Dean Hoyle’s ambition for Huddersfield Town.
Work at the complex off Leeds Road – which will be the club’s state-of-the-art day-to-day headquarters – is cracking ahead despite weather hold-ups.
Simon Grayson’s squad have trained on the pitches behind the canal while work goes on elsewhere at the venue, which is open to the public.
“At the moment we are well on,” said chief executive Nigel Clibbens.
“We have suffered really badly with the worst spring and summer rain in any of our lifetimes, and we couldn’t have picked a worse time to dig up five acres of land and redevelop it.
“It is obvious we have been hit hard by the weather, but now we are seeing more sun we are cracking on.”
Just when the finished article will start to take shape remains in the laps of the Gods.
“The pitches are all level, the drainage is almost in and they are starting to put the soil back on before thinking about the grass,” he added.
“We can’t put a time limit on it, because if we have three weeks of bad weather or three weeks of good it all changes.
“The canal pitches, in the deal we did with Kirklees Council, have proved absolutely crucial for us and, as I said at the time, that deal we did with Kirklees was a great example of people working together for the greater good.
“The players feel the standard has been up alongside those they have experienced elsewhere and, this time next year with all the pitches and the plans we’ve got, Canalside will be absolutely fantastic and the days of being pretty nomadic will be long gone and, hopefully, forgotten.”
Clibbens hopes the people of Huddersfield will support the public amenities at Canalside as well as the club on matchdays.
“It is a huge investment being made by the club and it’s only possible because of the commitment of Dean Hoyle to create long-term foundations for the club,” he added.
“The training ground will be there long after I’ve gone and Dean has gone and these are the sort of things which will ensure the sustainability of the club going forward.”