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Savage encourages Dundalk FC owners to show 'intent' by looking at options for an upgraded stadium

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Savage encourages Dundalk FC owners to show 'intent' by looking at options for an upgraded stadium

Oriel Park. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)

Fianna Fáil councillor Peter Savage has encouraged Dundalk FC's owners to show some "intent" by looking at options for an upgraded stadium.

Since taking control of the Lilywhites earlier this year, American investment firm Peak6 have stressed that they are with the club for the long-haul and made some minor improvements to Oriel Park.

However, with the stadium failing to meet the standards required to host many of their European fixtures, Savage feels either a redeveloped Oriel or a new ground is needed.

He has proposed the town's former landfill site off the Newry Road as a possibility, though it remains to be seen if the 30-acre plot would satisfy safety concerns with toxic gases still a potential factor.

"Offer it (the landfill plot) to the new owners to bring a new up-to-date stadium," he told LMFM.

"I'm concerned that there are new owners in Dundalk, which is fine and Dundalk keep winning, but a mark of intent would be starting to develop the existing pitch or a new pitch somewhere else that the council could facilitate."

The environmental issues are set to be assessed further in the new year.