EDINBURGH could be back at BT Murrayfield next season, but rather than return to the echoing emptiness of the main stadium they are looking at shifting the temporary stands they are using at Myreside to one of the back pitches at their SRU headquarters.

A proposal is being put to the SRU board that they should launch a feasibility study and even if that is approved, as seems likely, there are several obstacles before the project could be confirmed, but there are hopes that it could be rushed through for the start of next season.

Officially, the club is refusing to comment, but is believed to be behind a proposal for a stadium holding around 6,500 – probably between the 3G pitch and the railway line and part of the attraction is that the idea would not cost money they are not already spending. They currently pay for the temporary stands, as well as rent to George Watson’s College for the use of Myreside. While they have signed a three-year deal to play at Myreside there is believed to be an opt-out clause.

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Similar proposals have circulated for many years but now that the tram line is complete and the flood prevention works around Murrayfield are reaching an end, they think the time has come when it could be feasible.