RAITH Rovers are forking out thousands of pounds this summer in an attempt to fix their pitch problems.
The Kirkcaldy club has hired out contractors to help resolve the issues of last season, at a cost of a five-figure sum.
A fungul condition known as black layer infiltrated the Stark’s Park playing surface in winter, leading to drainage problems.
The pitch was particularly affected around the time of the live televised Scottish Cup match against Celtic in February, and the money generated from that tie has helped fund the improvement works.
The top layer of grass and soil has been removed, a number of channels have been created to improve irrigation, and new grass seeds have been planted.
Pictures sent in by club photographer Tony Fimister show the pitch currently resembling a ploughed field, but the club insist it will be ready for the new season.
Raith chief executive Eric Drysdale told the Press: “We’re pleased with the way the work is going and we’re sure come the preseason friendlies we’ll have a top quality pitch back again.
“The much-publicised black layer problem of last season has been treated and removed, and we don’t expect it to reappear.
“The pitch is starting to grow again and some of the first green shoots are starting to sprout through in the South Stand goalmouth.
“The contractors will come back in at the end of June to do some finishing work on the presentation of the pitch to ensure it looks as good as possible.”
Drysdale revealed that further investment in other parts of the stadium are also being made this summer as the club looks to improve its infrastructure.
“The board is working towards maintaining and improving the infrastructure of the club in many different ways,” he said.
“We’re not using the bonus of the Celtic televised game to increase our playing budget - we are using what we can to improve the pitch, our telephone system and bring other bits and pieces into order.
“It’s an old stadium and there is a constant stream of maintenance which needs done, and we’re continuing with a programme of work during the close season.
“We want to make sure we have a safe and clean environment for supporters.”