James Spencer believes FC United’s new stadium wouldn’t just help the local community – his own family would reap the benefits too.
The former Stockport and Rochdale keeper only agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Rebels last week but has already set his sights on running out at the proposed new venue in Moston.
And the 26-year-old can also see his young son making full use of the facilities at the £3.5million project.
“My little lad’s almost one and I’m sure he’s looking forward to coming to a few games,” he said.
“He’s full of beans so I might get him a shirt so he can run around on the pitch to get him involved.
“He’s just learning to walk now so he’s flying about and he’s into anything so I’m sure he’ll be kicking a ball around soon enough – hopefully in the new ground.” FC United submitted a planning application for a 5,000-capacity community stadium last month, and initially hoped to kick off the 2012/13 season in Moston.
The project has yet to be given the go-ahead, with the club still in talks with the council and local residents.
But Spencer will be keeping right up to speed with developments.
“Funnily enough, my mother-in-law’s involved with the architects that are designing the ground so I’m trying to get some inside information!” he said.
“I think everything’s moving forward, and if we can get our own home, it’ll be even better.”
It was tenants against landlords on Saturday for a pre-season friendly at Bury’s Gigg Lane, where FC United have played their home games since being formed in 2005.
Bury won 1-0 in Spencer’s second game since leaving Northwich Victoria and he already feels at home with the Rebels.
“Everyone’s welcomed me and my girlfriend’s looking forward to coming down and meeting everyone,” he added.
“That’s the feeling I get – that it’s a real family club.
“Everyone’s pushing in the same direction and wants to get promoted this season.”