RUNCORN Linnets have earmarked Pavilions for their homecoming.
The North West Counties League newboys are in the first year of a groundshare with Witton Albion and have the option of a second season at Wincham Park.
However, if things go to plan Linnets could be playing in their own town by this time next year.
The club has been working behind the scenes, since launching this summer, on ways of setting up residence in Runcorn and admitted this week Pavilions is in its sights.
Talks have already taken place with Severn Leisure, owners of the former ICI sports complex in Sandy Lane, Weston Point.
But Stuart White, a former interim club chairman who is on the four-man working group looking at developing a Runcorn base, told a special meeting of the club that discussions were still in the exploratory stage.
White said: 'We decided back in August before a ball was kicked that if we didn't start the procedure of finding a ground in Runcorn for us for next season it would be too late.
'Alan Jones (club president) had done some preliminary work and Hedley Edwards (interim vice-chairman) and I went to talk to the council about other things but mainly the new ground.
'We talked about the obvious places, Haddocks Wood, Murdishaw and so on but they had no plans to develop and once more they had no capital budget to develop.
'They basically said 'If I were you, I would look elsewhere.'
Since then the working group, with supporter Simon Charlesworth as its fourth member, held discussions with 'a few organisations in Runcorn' over moving to the town.
White added: 'We are fortunate to have Adam Grave from Global Modular Solutions, one of our sponsors this year.
'They deal with modular buildings and there is an opportunity if we can find the right place at the right price in the right location we can put together a new ground in a fairly short time.
'What goes against us there are not that many places available.
'We have talked to the directors of Severn Leisure who own Pavilions.
'In principle, they have no problem in us renting, buying or leasing something from them for next season and that's where we're up to.
'We have had meetings with them at which we have discussed how we would position the pitch and what type of pitch.
'But this project is probably going to cost £600,000 to £700,000 and we would need FA funding.
'One of the next steps is to talk to the council and the FA. It is still very much in the exploratory stage.'
Further meetings are scheduled this week.
Pavilions' owners have been looking at ways of developing the sports ground but have drawn a blank with funding. Only two pitches remain open on the site.
Talk of a possible merger between Runcorn Linnets and Pavilions tenants Runcorn Town has been refuted by both clubs.