United sanction £850,000 pitch overhaul

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Sheffield United are planning a near-£1million overhaul to their Bramall Lane pitch, the Sheffield Telegraph can reveal.

United have commissioned leading pitch experts Desso Sports Systems to oversee the work, which will be completed ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Desso, who have worked on similar projects at the San Siro, the Santiago Bernabéu and Wembley, specialise in hybrid grass systems, where ‘real’ turf is fused with millions of artificial turf fibres to create a surface which wears three times better than a ‘normal’ pitch.

A United source confirmed that the work, funded in part by United’s run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, will cost around £850,000 to complete and will be undertaken in next year’s close season.

United have seen two games this season at Bramall Lane postponed due to waterlogged pitches - and will get a taste of what to expect in the future later this month, when they take on Hull City at Wembley. A Desso spokesperson said: “Our system has proven itself at Premier League and NFL clubs, as well as at the football and rugby World Cups.”

n United captain Michael Doyle has been nominated for the League One Player of the Month award for March.

The Irishman is up against Notts County striker Ronan Murray, Rotherham United loanee James Tavernier and Coventry City’s Callum Wilson for the award.

Doyle was a key member of the United squad which kept six clean sheets in March, winning five of their eight games with two defeats.