Queens Park Rangers have had a lull in their ambitions over recent seasons but back in 2016 they still felt as if they should be in the Premier League.
But having failed to win promotion for the past few seasons the club appeared to slowly be accepting their status as a Championship side.
Their reckless spending was slowly drawing to a close to be replaced by more thoroughly thought through signings.
One of their first acquisitions in the summer of 2016 emphasised this approach.
This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
— QPR FC (@QPR) July 1, 2016
Brentford’s impressive left-back Jake Bidwell made the move across London after a fee of £1.4million had changed hands between the clubs, becoming one of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first signings at Loftus Road.
It was the sort of signing that the fans were happy to see as well. After years of Stephan Mbias and Loic Remys, it looked like the club were finally becoming sensible.
good player good move one more to make them hate us more all good
— Paul Finney (@paulfinney1969) July 1, 2016
I can see the new Clint Hill. He will slowly become a legend
— Mark Hillman (@hillmania) July 1, 2016
— Clayt (@OClaytinho) July 1, 2016
These fans turned out to be spot on with Bidwell becoming a crucial member of the R’s squad over the past three seasons regardless of who has been managing the club.
He has made 98 appearances from left-back for the club, becoming a firm fans’ favourite in the process.
The 25-year-old’s solid presence has also proven crucial in turning around what could have been a terrible current season for the Rs after four straight losses started the campaign.
His contract runs out at the end of this season, however, and McClaren and the rest of the Rangers’ board should be very worried that one of their star men could be leaving for nothing.