After a convincing promotion-winning campaign from League Two, Luton Town were looking ahead to life in League One for the 2018/19 season.
Despite not winning the fourth-tier title, they arrived in League One as one of the most highly-rated outfits and were instantly installed as a side who could win a shock promotion to the Championship.
But, obviously, new recruits would be needed for them to become a promotion challenger and manager Nathan Jones knew this as well as anybody, although he was keen not to upset the mood of the camp.
Just six new faces arrived at Kenilworth Road including Sonny Bradley, Eunan O’Kane, Jorge Grant and Kazenga LuaLua.
But the first man they tied down was a familiar face from the previous campaign.
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✍️NEW SIGNING | We are delighted to announce midfielder Andrew Shinnie has agreed a two-year deal with the Town!
— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) June 1, 2018
The returning figure was Birmingham City midfielder Andrew Shinnie, who arrived on a free transfer after running down his contract with the Blues.
In the previous season spent on loan with the Hatters, he made 28 league appearances, scoring one goal and assisting six more from a variety of midfield positions.
He was a fan favourite and the reaction to his permanent signing was predictably upbeat:
That’s top news. Woo-hoo!!
— Les Pratt (@bonaomi1) June 1, 2018
Fantastic news ????????????????
— Peter Appleyard (@Pete_LTFC) June 1, 2018
Another quality player committed to the club.
— ᴳʳᵃⁿᵗ ⁽ˢᵗᵘᶜᵏ ⁱⁿ ¹⁹⁸⁹⁾ ???????????????????????????? ☕ (@GrantTheHatter) June 1, 2018
Excellent news. All coming together nicely.
— Chris Mitchell (@chrismitch99) June 1, 2018
And their positivity has been well placed, with Shinnie going on to become one of their key players this term.
Jones’s side currently sit second in the League One table with 21 matches played and are in a great position to fulfil that pre-season hype.
Shinnie has hardly stolen the headlines for the Hatters, with the likes of Elliot Lee, James Collins and Danny Hylton continuing to do just that, but his performances in midfield have been crucial.
With three goals and two assists in 17 appearances, the 28-year-old looks set to have an even more influential season than before and that is further testament to the brilliant job Jones is doing.
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