Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn is ready to step up his efforts in the transfer market after seeing the current squad return for pre-season training.
New manager Steve Bruce and his players got down to business on Thursday with Quinn working hard behind the scenes to land his targets.
Quinn said: "There's a great excitement around the place and, after all the talking we have been doing for the last six weeks, it's all now down to the action.
"The players coming back is a big thing. The place is a hive of activity."