JOHNSTONE Burgh manager Jamie McKim is hoping the green, green grass of home can help fire his players to glory this season...after the Keanie Park pitch was given a much-needed makeover.

McKim heaped praise on the club’s committee for forking out cash to revamp the playing surface over the summer.

He reckons the pitch is looking better than ever and is looking forward to watching his players strut their stuff on it once the 2020/21 campaign gets underway.

McKim told Gazette Sport: “The pitch is looking unbelievable and the committee deserve enormous credit for buying into what we’re trying to do.

“They brought in a company called GT Groundcare, who have done aeration on it, verti-draining, applied 40 tonnes of sand, fed it, seeded it and it’s looking exceptional. It’s the best I’ve ever seen it.”

The revamped pitch is just part of a programme of refurbishment carried out at Keanie Park as the coronavirus shutdown has given Burgh bosses the chance to make improvements off the field of play.

This has included upgrades to indoor areas such as dressing rooms and committee rooms.

McKim said: “The clubhouse is looking phenomenal. The committee room is almost finished as well and is unbelievable from where we were and where we’re going to be.”

It’s all part of the professional stamp that McKim has been trying to put on the club since his arrival in 2018.

Now the Burgh boss has issued an appeal for volunteers who would like to help the club make further progress.

“As a club, we could be on a different level, compared to where we were,” said McKim. “All we need now – and we’re always looking – is some volunteers who are willing to help on matchdays and help the club move forward.”

McKim has also been busy adding to his squad ahead of their debut season in the new West of Scotland League, with Chris Burns the latest to be signed.

The creative midfielder impressed for Burgh when he spent the 2018/19 season at Keanie Park before moving to Valencia, in Spain, as part of his university course but has now made a welcome return.

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