Brentford Community Stadium will be the home of Brentford Football Club and London Irish the clubs have announced.

The stadium is due to be ready in 2020 and Brentford FC have announced the deal to home the Exiles from the 2020/21 season.

Brentford FC have primary use of the stadium but the long-term agreement allows the rugby club to move back to the capital from their current Madjeski Stadium home in Reading.

“It has been a long-held ambition to return to our roots in West London,” said London Irish owner Mick Crossan.

“This stadium has everything we need – location, capacity and facilities – to re-establish ourselves as London’s authentic top-flight rugby club. We can’t wait to start playing there!”

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Work on the 17,250-seater stadium is well underway and the proposed completion date of 2020 is on course. Brentford currently play at Griffin Park which holds 12,800 and a move to a modern stadium is thought to bring a greater chance of top tier football.

Brentford FC Chairman Cliff Crown said: “We are building a high-quality stadium fully equipped and ready from day one for the rigours and demands of both Premier League football and Premiership rugby.

“We believe that the deal with London Irish is a good one for Brentford FC both in terms of the fit between our clubs and the financial contribution that will help us to strengthen our on-pitch performance.

“Like us, London Irish has a long history in the area and prides itself on having strong roots in the local community.”

The development is part of the wider regeneration of the area known as Brentford East. As well as the stadium there will be 900 new homes, a public square with shops and café’s and a new Brentford Community Sports Trust.

Brentford have slipped to 19th in the Championship after eight defeats in ten games, whilst London Irish are top of the Rugby Championship looking to make an immediate return to rugby’s top tier.