AMBITIOUS development plans for Wrexham FC's Racecourse ground could create up to 200 jobs.
That was the claim made by the Surrey-based businessman closing in on a multi-million pound deal to buy the cash-strapped club.
Last night Andrew Smith confirmed development plans for land at the Kop end of the ground could include a luxury hotel, shops, student accommodation and even starter homes.
Details of Mr Smith's proposal appeared in an internal newsletter published by his development company United Plot-owners Association.
Mr Smith said last night: "What I can tell you is if what we have in mind goes through, although no firm plans have been drawn up, we are looking to create up to 200 quality jobs which would be a major boost for Wrexham."
Paul Roberts, Wrexham council's strategic director, said the authority was discussing the future of the football club with Mr Smith.
"I have met Mr Smith on a number of occasions and will be meeting him again.
"Preliminary discussions are under way and we hope he is successful with his aspirations."
In the UPA newsletter, Mr Smith said: "2005 has started with a flurry of activity on a number of ventures.
"Many of you may be aware that UPA Cymru is about to become the owner of Wrexham Football Club and surrounding land.
"This is an exciting project and the largest to date. Football is an important part of the community and the rescue package which the UPA team has spent many hours developing will see the football club on a sound financial footing in the future.
"UPA will be bringing forward a superb development for the Kop end of the stadium which will include a substantial amount of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, along with shopping, a hotel, student accommodation and starter homes, creating a sustainable community."
Mr Smith refused to put a price on the scheme. "We are looking at ideas but there are no firm plans drawn up yet. A vital element is to secure the future of the club," he added..