WORK on the Pirelli Stadium pitch is now well underway as we build towards the 2018/19 Sky Bet League One season.
As well as the expected seeding of the playing surface at the Pirelli, work has also been undertaken to improve the drainage system underneath the pitch itself.
Work began on the drainage system immediately following the UEFA Under-17 European Championships, which concluded in May.
That part of the work has now been completed, the pitch has now been lifted and the seeding process is underway.
"Over the years we have had problems with the drainage so we are having a new major drain system that should keep the pitch in better condition,” said Groundsman Simon Marshall.
“Then we won't need to put down as many waterproof sheets due to the inconsistencies across the pitch.
"From the groundstaff's point of view we are always keen to improve the surface and with the Chairman and the club's backing we are making progress year-on-year."
And manager Nigel Clough is looking forward to seeing the results of the hard work that Simon and assistants Daniel Glover and Stan Wallis are putting in this summer.
“As soon as the U17 Euros had finished the contractors came in and work started and it’s a bit more than usual,” said manager Nigel Clough.
“Pitch work is done every year, but they need continued investment and major work now and then.
“You can see from the pictures the amount of work going on out there and hopefully it will give us a good playing surface for next season.”