SIGNING Stuart Beavon on a season-long loan was a big coup for Burton Albion – to get him on a permanent deal is a tremendous bit of business.
The 30-year-old striker looks like the missing piece in the Brewers jigsaw.
Although it is early days, his mobility and sharp teamwork have added another dimension to the Albion attack.
Already the striker has made an impact at the Pirelli Stadium during his loan spell from Preston.
Two goals in six matches suggest more is to come – and, tellingly, manager Gary Rowett has said Beavon would be vital, even if he scored no goals at all.
That speaks volumes about his all-round game.
A few fans were aggrieved when Billy Kee was allowed to sign for Scunthorpe, but Rowett knew there was a very good chance Beavon could be lured to the Pirelli on a permanent basis.
For anyone still scratching their head, the Kee deal now makes perfect sense.
To get a player of Beavon's quality without paying a transfer fee is a great bit of business.
A few question marks could be put against his age, but a three-year deal for a quality 30-year-old is not out of the ordinary.
Chesterfield brought in Gary Roberts on a three-year contract at a similar age and he was arguably their best player last season as they won League Two.
Also, as Rowett pointed out, Beavon is the kind of enthusiastic player for whom being 30 is not an issue.
He arrived late in professional football after working his way up from non-league. That hunger to succeed and achieve is still burning very bright.
With Beavon, Adam McGurk, Dominic Knowles and Jacob Blyth available, Rowett has a range of options he can take.
Beavon is expected to be the key man up front, McGurk is the flair player with an eye for the spectacular, Knowles is a grafter who has a useful knack of being in the right place at the right time, and Blyth is a promising target man who adds some size to the attack.
The forward positions look well stocked with a nice balance – and add in the versatile Lucas Akins, if needed, and there is even more explosive pace and running available to Rowett.
The deal to sign Beavon is one which looks like being coup of the League Two season at this early stage.
It was a no-brainer for Albion.