NEWS of Oxford United’s stadium plans understandably generated great excitement.

The feeling was mutual: it was a real privilege to finally reveal tangible progress on the biggest issue facing the club.

Talk of naming the new stadium and working out where to drink before matches is sadly premature, but seeing initial plans in black and white is a step forward.

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We have heard plenty of talk about off-pitch progress in recent times, but ultimately words mean little if they are just that.

Head coach Karl Robinson often speaks about where he sees the club going, while Anindya Bakrie would have known this week's announcement was coming when he commented on the stadium search late last year.

We are told the change of ownership that will see Bakrie and other board members take formal control of the club is still on track.

The Oxford Mail has contacted the English Football League countless times to ask for an official update, with no response.

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Now United's plans for Stratfield Brake have been unveiled, hopefully the ownership is the next off-pitch issue to move forward.

The team is flying high in Sky Bet League One and the stadium dream could move a step closer if Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet approves the proposal on Tuesday.

If the ownership changes get the green light as well, it adds another layer to an exciting era for United.