WIDNES Vikings' chairman Stephen Vaughan may throw non-league football in Runcorn a lifeline after revealing he is in talks to purchase a joint training base for the rugby league club and Chester City FC.
Although the base would be primarily used as a training base for the Blues and the Vikings, Vaughan did not rule out other clubs joining the venture if it was built in Runcorn.
Plans are still up in the air as to where the 16-acre training facility will be built.
However, the Widnes owner told the Weekly News he is committed to building it in the borough.
Vaughan said: 'At the moment we are in negotiations for two sites. But what I can say is that we want it in Halton and we are committed to that.
'I'm looking at a site that, if we can pull it off, it will be of joint usage for Widnes Vikings and Chester City.
'That venue is being negotiated on and a price is being identified.'
It is believed Vaughan favours a site in Runcorn which could be good news for a return for non-league football in the town.
This is something which has been missing since Canal Street was sold and the town's senior club moved to Widnes as Runcorn FC Halton, and then out to Prescot.
The club has resigned from the UniBond League Premier Division but has made no subsequent announcement over its future.
Runcorn Linnets FC, the new fans' club which is seeking membership of North West Counties League, will spend next season at Witton Albion if their bid is successful.
However, they would want to come home to Runcorn sooner rather than later.
The Vikings owner, who has big plans for both of his clubs admitted other organisations would be interested.
Vaughan said: 'The site we want would be developed so it could be used as playing fields with a function room and clubhouse, bar and changing facilities.'
The venue would also be one of Vaughan's major aces in reinstalling the Vikings as a top-level club.