Newcastle United supporters expecting a flurry of transfer activity may have been slightly disappointed to learn that their first signing on returning to the Premier League is that of Nottingham Forest utility man James Perch.
Hardly what the media term a "marquee signing".
However Perch's arrival on Tyneside represents pragmatic and shrewd business for boss Chris Hughton, who realises his financial restraints and in turn has signed a player who offers versatility to his squad for a tough campaign ahead.
In Perch, the Magpies have signed a player who has served a variety of positions, from centre-half to right midfield, captained Nottingham Forest and was a graduate of the Tricky Trees' highly respected academy set-up.
He is likely to become regular right-back cover for Danny Simpson, who currently continues to recover from a foot operation and will miss the start of the new season.
Not to mention that in a squad which will be pushed to the limit by the rigours of top-flight football Perch will be become a useful asset anywhere across defence or midfield.
Toon supporters may cast their minds back fondly to an era when players arriving at St James' Park were the envy of the Premier League, Ginola, Asprilla, Shearer et al, but for Hughton, such imports are but a dream.
The club has already stressed in a statement released post-season that money would be tight, and that a transfer kitty would need to be raised by player sales.
For Hughton the task is clear: ensure Newcastle United's survival on their return to the top flight, modest ambitions for a club of Newcastle's stature.
And as such, Hughton realises the need to bolster his squad, and in adding a player such as Perch has considered value for money ahead of glamour.
As for Perch himself? Question marks remain of Perch's top-level experience - none - but at just 24, the Mansfield-born player has time on his side.
Former Forest starlets Jermaine Jenas, David Prutton, Andy Reid and Michael Dawson have all progressed and adapted well to life in the Premier League in the last decade.
Who is to say that Perch, less in the spotlight than many of Forest's former academy talents, cannot do the same?