Peter Taylor has secured the two best captures of the summer.

The City boss has promised to take his time before delving into the player market.

But Taylor believes no new faces can trump the key additions already sorted for next season – a new pitch and training ground.

Renovation work on the much-criticised Valley Parade playing surface will begin a week on Monday.

Taylor admitted the poor condition of the pitch had played into opposition hands last season.

He said: “Managers who have come here this year have all said the same. It’s an advantage to the away team when the pitch is getting cut up.

“It encourages the away team to play 4-5-1 and sit back. Then we’ve had to try and play football, lost a bit of confidence in it and the crowd start reacting in a negative way. It doesn’t help the home team’s performance.

“To me, improving the training ground and home pitch will get more bums on seats than any player we can afford.”

City will return for pre-season training in July at their new Leeds base on the university playing fields at Weetwood.

Taylor said: “It’s a really good place. They are good pitches that will get well looked after.

“The groundsman at Apperley Bridge is absolutely different class and I feel a bit sorry for him. It’s nothing against him why I’ve asked to get somewhere better.

“Mark Lawn got on with it straight away and I’m really pleased. It will help us prepare properly.”