After a disappointing 16th place finish in the 2017/18 season, Queens Park Rangers parted company with Ian Holloway with the hope of pushing up the table.
Steve McClaren was hired and set about building a squad but with the Rs placed under a transfer embargo, it was going to be very tricky.
Only free-agents and loans were allowed to arrive at Loftus Road but that did not get McClaren down as he shrewdly identified players to bring in.
And it was the first arrival of the summer that has proven to be the club’s most important.
This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
— QPR FC (@QPR) July 1, 2018
Toni Leistner was the relatively unknown quantity to arrive at Loftus Road after failing to agree a new deal with Union Berlin.
The 28-year-old was very highly thought of back in Germany and represented a positive step to resolving the Rs huge defensive failings that hampered their previous campaign.
A lot of QPR fans were delighted to see him arrive:
I like him all ready make him captain
— Ryan (@Lark_star) July 1, 2018
Excited about this- welcome ????????
— Mark (@M_ImpsW12) July 1, 2018
Really excited by this signing. Welcome Toni
— Luke (@Blued2012) July 1, 2018
Superb signing. Keep em coming Schteve, Les and big Tone
— Ben Horlock (@BenHorlock) July 1, 2018
— Keith Horan (@keithhoran76) July 1, 2018
Over the rest of the summer window, he was joined by the likes of Angel Rangel, Nahki Wells, Tomer Hemed and Geoff Cameron.
Leistner went straight into the team and was immediately made captain, although the opening four matches of the season did very little to help his case.
Four straight losses including a 7-1 defeat to West Brom started the campaign, but since then the club have turned things around impressively.
After shifting to a more defensive approach, Leistner has emerged as one of the most impressive defenders in the division, arguably becoming the club’s most important player.
Eight wins in their last 12 matches has fired them up the table and into playoff contention, with the big German playing every minute, apart from the 3-0 loss to Swansea City which he missed through injury.
But ultimately the fans have been completely vindicated for feeling delighted at his arrival back in July.