Brentford FC have begun improvement work on their Griffin Park home, amid hopes they will be able to continue playing there if promoted to the Premier League.

Richmond and Twickenham Times:

The Bees, currently fourth in the Championship, would currently fail to satisfy Premier League stadia standards should they achieve back-to-back promotions.

The club must submit potential plans to top-flight chiefs by the end of January and, with improvements under way at their ground, the Bees clearly wish to remain at Griffin Park.

Chief executive Mark Devlin tweeted: "We have applied 4 planning permission to cover the New Road concourse. If we get the green light would hope to do work in summer."

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The Bees have plans for a new 20,000-capacity stadium at Lionel Road, near Kew Bridge, which they hope will be ready in 2017.

Mr Devlin told the BBC earlier this month that while the 12,300-capacity Griffin Park, the Bees' home since 1904, does not meet Premier League requirements, it "can certainly move towards it".

He added: "It is not inconceivable that we could put seats on the terracing.

"It would reduce the capacity so we are also looking at coming up with creative ways of adding additional seats.

"The media facilities are still a tad spartan - media is probably our biggest challenge, along with the changing facilities."

The chief executive also said the club had already explored the possibility of ground-sharing away from Brentford, including Wembley.

Richmond and Twickenham Times:

He said: "I made the inquiry of Wembley and it would be a big challenge for us as, even if suddenly we could attract crowds of 30,000, in a 90,000 stadium we would be handing over any advantage to our opposition."

Twickenham-based Harlequins has ruled out the possibility of Brentford using the Stoop as a ground-share.

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