Newly crowned Airtricity First Division Champions Derry City Football Club are said to be hopeful that the redevelopment of their Brandywell Stadium will go ahead within two weeks.
The project for a new 2,500 capacity stand needs the permission of Derry City Council who own the stadium. The two year project is due to include changing rooms, offices and corporate facilities.
The club’s chairman Phil O’Doherty said: "The board of directors are hopefully going to be given some input into the detailed design," he said.
"I think the overall programme from start to finish, including planning permission, detailed design, construction: it's probably going to take two years."
A spokesperson for Derry City Council added: "As previously stated, council received confirmation from Sport NI that its application for financial assistance, under Phase IV of the Stadia Safety Programme, has been approved in principle, and prioritized for funding.
"However, this is subject to Sport NI securing the required capital funds within the Comprehensive Spending Review for 2011-2014.
"The Council is awaiting the outcome of this review so that it can look at a number of options in the overall context of the regeneration of the city as a whole.”