PITCH renovation work is well underway at The Racecourse ahead of the 2024-25 campaign and Phil Parkinson says having an excellent playing surface has been key to Wrexham's excellent home record since he became manager.

The Reds finished runners-up in League Two last season, clinching back-to-back promotions for the first time in the club's history to secure a place in League One.

Beaten just three times at their north Wales stadium, Wrexham had the best home record in the division, something they also achieved in the record-breaking 2022-23 campaign.

Parkinson's men never lost a single game on their own territory, picking up 22 wins and a solitary draw against Woking on their way to winning the National League title and return to the Football League following a 15-year absence.

The Racecourse has become a fortress in recent years since Parkinson took charge in July 2021 - Wrexham only lost twice at home during his first season at the helm, and one of those losses was in the play-off semi-final - and he says work on the pitch is crucial so that it is pristine condition when the new League One campaign kicks-off in August.

Groundsman Paul Chaloner and his team have been busy on The Racecourse and drone pictures of the stadium have been sent into The Leader by Stu Roberts.

"We have got the work done early and that gives us a great chance to get the pitch ready for pre-season," said the Reds' boss, who has hinted that he would also like a friendly at The Racecourse before the season kicks off on the weekend of August 10-11.

"We were delighted with the pitch last season.

"It held up really well especially with having a lot of rain throughout a very wet winter.

"We were so pleased with the quality of the pitch and that helped a lot in terms of our home form."