A NEW era for Halesowen Town has moved a step closer after chairman Karen Brookes revealed an offer to buy the club has been accepted.

The Brookes family recently launched a fundraising drive to raise enough money to buy out the current owners, the Lynch family.

However, a second investor, who has not yet been named, has come forward to join with Karen Brookes to put an offer together.

The duo have since had that accepted by the Lynch family for the sale of the club subject to legal approval.

A relieved Brookes told Black Country Radio: "Another investor alongside myself has come in and I made an offer on Sunday last week to the current owner and this afternoon I've had an email acceptance of that offer.

"So, subject to that going through solicitors and being able to purchase the club, I think it looks much brighter and much more positive.

"Subject to the purchase going through, ideally by the end of February, we will be able to continue in the current guise. For the time being it means we stay in he Northern Premier League.

"It means we'll be able to focus on results on the pitch, trying to make sure we've got the right players and trying to make sure we stay in the Northern Premier League."

On the mystery investor, she added: "At the moment I'm not able to disclose who it is. However, it is someone I trust and respect and someone who has an association with Halesowen Town Football Club.

"It will need more investment but it does mean we're all moving forward in the right direction."