Bridlington Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite has said he needs to be convinced that the club can financially cope with moving up the pyramid before taking up any opportunity to do so in the proposed restructure.

As part of the plans for Step 4-6 of non-league, 110 clubs would move up the pyramid to facilitate the new divisions.

Smurthwaite has said today in an update: “I am currently holding discussions with Brett Agnew and his management team to discuss details of what would be involved with this possible promotion, along with other members of the club. I have managed the finances of this club since I took over the ownership and also put in finances to take this club from a substantial debt to a situation where we now break even each season with all the bills paid.

“This has been helped with our excellent and dedicated group of volunteers, quite a few of whom have been at the club since I took over and stayed loyal through ‘thick and thin’ and the ‘good times and the bad times’. Obviously money has also been spent on improving all the facilities at the club and resulting in the construction of a brand-new club house.

“To move forward, I have to be convinced we can manage financially at the next level of the football pyramid. We would need an increase in revenue, which I am hoping will come from the Town Bar and also the recent increase in sponsorship at the club, and hopefully, a resurgence in interest in non-league football after the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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