Everton issued yet another positive assessment of their proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock at the club’s AGM - though is was an update high on platitudes and low on confirmed details.
Deputy chairman Keith Harris said the project remained on track and was confident about securing the required funding.
The club conducted an extensive public consultation towards the end of last year and hope to reveal the results in the coming weeks, with stadium images released later in 2019 ahead of a formal planning application.
Harris, who is leading the stadium project, said the club had set itself the ambitious target of beginning building work next year with the aim of being in the stadium by 2022.
Speaking at the Philharmonic Hall, Harris said:
“We cannot promise an end date because we haven’t broken ground. We are hoping to put a spade in the ground next year and it would be wonderful to do it in two years, but we certainly should do it in three and it will be a wonderful stadium.”
Without going into details, Harris again stressed the club’s desire to recreated Goodison Park’s atmosphere as well as dealing with the issues posed by building on a dockside site.
“We want a stadium everyone can be proud of that recreates the history and rich traditions of Goodison Park.
”We are determined to get it right and to create a stadium that reflects the passion we have [at Goodison] today... and build a modern-day experience as enjoyable to home fans as it is formidable to those who are visiting.
“It is on a challenging site but those challenges will be met and beaten, with tomorrow’s technology and today’s passion melded into one.”