Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has admitted his delight at the nine signings he has managed to draft in during a busy summer.
The former Manchester United defender landed Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan on a free transfer on Friday morning to go with the earlier arrivals of Ahmed Elmohamady, Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner, Ji Dong-won, Keiren Westwood, Sebastian Larsson, Wes Brown and John O'Shea, and he could hardly be more pleased.
Bruce told the club's official website, www.safc.com: "We lost six players from the squad and we knew we were going to have to be busy in the transfer market. To bring in nine players is unbelievable when you see what most other teams have done."
"I'm delighted with what we have done during the summer. The phone has been hot and the transfers we have got over the line are terrific.
"The balance of the squad looks very healthy."
The fact that Bruce has made such an impact so early means the new arrivals will get a full pre-season under their belts on Wearside, and that too is a source of satisfaction for the manager.
He added: "We have added the players now, so we can work with them all throughout pre-season.
"I'm very pleased with what we have done. There have been no other clubs as busy as us and I'm looking forward to the season starting."
New signing Vaughan has set his sights on the Barclays Premier League's top six after completing his free transfer from Blackpool.
Asked about his hopes for Sunderland this season, he told SAFC TV: "The signings that we have made over the last few weeks have been impressive, so hopefully we can kick on and at least be in the top 10, if not the top six, teams in the country."