Alan Biggs at Large: Sheffield Wednesday pitch will be the biggest ‘signing’ then the likes of Lewis McGugan might follow

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You could say Sheffield Wednesday are rolling out the red, or more probably, blue carpet for Lewis McGugan and other quality targets.

Above facilities, fans prefer to see money spent “on the field.” That is literally what the Owls are doing re the playing surface – and it’s vital to recruitment rather than separated from it.

McGugan has showcased his balance and skill by coming the closest to mastering a truly awful Hillsborough pitch.

But you’d seriously doubt whether the on-loan Watford midfielder, among others, would entertain a permanent move without it being dug up. So, for the thick end of £1m from new ownership, the club will make an essential first “signing.” I hear it involves digging down and shifting the top METRE, which is a hell of a lot of earth.

It’s then believed the new base will be built to a level ABOVE the current pitch, distancing it from the water table underneath, and with the present undersoil heating system ripped out and updated.

What goes on top is understood to be partially synthetic element and high spec modern.

PS For all I know, boss Stuart Gray may just have been taking in a game at Bramall Lane on Tuesday.

But I do know that when Hakeeb Adelakun, Scunthorpe’s teenage winger, was subbed in the 76th minute, Gray and chief executive Paul Aldridge got up and left.

The 18 year old failed to sparkle on the night but, as I pointed out on Twitter, he’s a highly rated talent.