Work is taking place behind-the-scenes in preparation for Derby County’s 2022/23 Sky Bet League One season.

Work on the Pride Park Stadium playing surface began early on Monday morning to ensure it is in excellent condition for the new campaign.

The annual summer course of treatment for the pitch is being overseen by Head Groundman Paul Thompson, the winner of the 2021/22 Brian Clough Award at this months’ End of Season awards, and his dedicated team alongside Sean Goodwin and the team at Talbot Turf.

In a similar process to last summer, the previous grass from the playing surface has now been removed, taking out all the organic matter to provide a clean surface and expose the synthetic fibres in place on the pitch.

A verti-drain and aeration process has also taken place, alongside the application of sand and seed to allow the new grass to begin to grow. The pitch will be treated and maintained throughout May and during June and July to make sure it is in the best possible condition for Wayne Rooney’s side.

Down at Moor Farm Training Ground, work has been ongoing on the first-team and Academy pitches over the last few weeks to make sure they are ready for pre-season training towards the end of June.