After the sacking of Mick McCarthy, new Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst faced the tricky task of rebuilding the optimism of the Portman Road faithful.
He had a slow start in what was a crucial summer transfer window for the club, but eventually got going and it was clear that he was keen on using his knowledge of League One.
Toto Nsiala, Jon Nolan, Gwion Edwards, Kayden Jackson and Ellis Harrison all made the step-up from the third tier after clearly impressing Hurst whilst either playing for or against his Shrewsbury Town side.
But none of these signings built the optimism quite like the one that occurred on August 30.
This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document how things panned out.
— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) August 30, 2018
There had been rumours of the return, but finally, it was confirmed that Jon Walters would be returning to Portman Road after spending three years with the club between 2007 and 2010 before moving to Stoke City.
The deal was a loan one until January but still excited the fans…
Soooo happy with this
— David Nolan (@daveynolan) August 30, 2018
The fan army are delighted #JwaltGetsGoals
— Jonathan Walters' Fan Army (@WaltersArmy) August 30, 2018
WE ARE GOING UP
— Mike (@michaelraymont) August 30, 2018
Super exciting, especially if he is as hungry to score as always! COYB!
— H0G@N_C (@hogancobbold) August 30, 2018
But sadly, as is so often the case, the big return to a former club did not go to plan.
In fact, for Walters, it could not have gone any worse.
Having played the full 90 minutes in the Tractor Boys’ opening two matches it looked like the 35-year-old would prove a very useful signing.
But disaster struck against Bolton Wanderers after Walters was brought on as a second-half substitute.
He had played just seven minutes before a tackle led to the partial rupturing of the Irishman’s Achilles tendon.
It ruled him out for at least six months and effectively ended his time in East Anglia, leaving the fans who were so happy with his return as gutted as he undoubtedly was.