Burton Albion’s signing of Luke Murphy on a season-long loan from Leeds United has helped shore up their midfield ranks and added more depth to an increasingly healthy-looking squad - but there are still more signings to be made.
Murphy’s arrival, alongside the capture of Rochdale's Matty Lund on a two-year deal back in May, means that Albion have bolstered their central options.
In doing so, they have addressed an area that was looking reasonably stretched following the departures of loan pair Lasse Vigen Christensen and Murphy upon the conclusion of last season, as well as Lee Williamson's exit following the expiry of his contract last month.
That left the Brewers with only Matt Palmer, Tom Naylor and Jackson Irvine with senior experience in the centre of midfielder.
Beyond that, the likes of Ben Fox and Joe Sbarra - who boss Nigel Clough says he expects to see involved more in the first team next season - would be in to feature.
Many Albion fans will have pondered over the summer what Murphy could have done last term given a full pre-season with his temporary side.
Now they will get to see exactly that, while the Brewers management staff turn their attentions to other areas of the squad that need improving.
In an ideal world, the Brewers would go out and secure deals for a goalkeeper, a right-back, a couple of wide attacking players and perhaps even another striker tomorrow.
We know that isn't how things move in football - but the work of Clough and his backroom staff to get their signings in early doors is working well.
Securing quick moves for the likes of Murphy and Lund helps Albion avoid paying over the odds for other players further down the line and allows those players to get a full pre-season under their belts.
The midfield pair of Murphy and Lund, alongside fellow new arrivals Stephen Warnock, Jake Buxton and record signing Liam Boyce, have kickstarted this summer's preparations in the best way and given Clough the chance to focus down on specific areas.
There still are the aforementioned areas to strengthen, and some may be covered by loans, which the likes of Will Miller and Michael Kightly did last season.
With only one loan in the bag at this stage, the Brewers are likely to look for more deals as the end of August approaches and other clubs are content with their own squads.
If new arrivals come in at goalkeeper and right-back, though, they may more likely be permanent additions.
After Tom Flanagan's surprise departure last week, that has left Clough with the need to strengthen an area that he won't have thought was any concern.
Flanagan is a versatile defender who could have played on the left or right of defence, while Warnock is primarily left-sided - as is Albion stalwart Damien McCrory.
Another priority will be a second senior goalkeeper to contend with Stephen Bywater. Clough mentioned last month that they had identified a target and were looking to work on a deal.
Attention may then also turn to said attacking players, be it on permanent or temporary deals.
We know that Matty Fryatt is training with the Brewers. He has a good track record - but hasn't made a competitive appearance for over two years.
It has gone quiet at the Pirelli Stadium for now, although work is undoubtedly ongoing. Perhaps it is a case of waiting to see who is made available on the market before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday August 31 at 11pm.
The Brewers have made a good start to their preparations for next season, with seven out-of-contract players signed up alongside those five new additions.
Now it is a case of waiting and seeing what areas Albion move to strengthen next, and what tricks Clough has up his sleeve to do just that.