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Killick feared Poole future could have been in doubt
Poole were given permission to erect a new stand and club room, along with improved security fencing, gates and toilets at a planning meeting last week, a decision voted for unanimously by the town’s councillors.
The Dolphins won promotion back to the top flight of the Southern League last season and long-serving manager Killick insisted it was vital they had a ground to meet the club’s ambitions.
Killick told the Daily Echo: “Without being over dramatic, if you look at it in reverse, if that decision had gone against us, I think it would have pretty much ended us as a club.
“The likelihood was that we would have been relegated and I don’t see how you can respond to that when you have worked so hard to get to this level.”
Club captain Dan Cann also took to social networking site Twitter when the decision was made and posted: “Poole Town is the best club I’ve ever played for and I’m honoured to be captain. Fully deserved for the board, players and fans.”
With three years of planning permission secured, Killick also pointed to the fact he was keen for further backing and help from the local authorities in the future.
“It’s about time that the town supported us,” said the Poole manager, who recently celebrated 500 games in charge at the club.
“I know there’s no money available to be spent towards us, money needs to be spent elsewhere when you talk about public spending and I realise that. But this is a big town and we should have a decent football ground.
“We’re just asking for the support to enable us to have a facility that is fit to play at a proper level.
“We’ve got decent leisure centres, swimming pools and tennis courts and the town should have a football ground that it is proud of.”
With the planning of their new infrastructure secured, Killick must now focus on his side’s impressive form on the pitch and Poole put their unbeaten start on the line when they host fellow Premier Division high-fliers Bideford at Tatnam tonight (7.45pm).
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