Rotherham United swooped to sign a full-back, a centre-half, a midfielder and a striker in a single day.
But that amounted to just one player, man for all positions Greg Halford, as the Millers fought off interest from fellow Championship clubs to land the 30-year-old.
“Greg’s options were frightening. A player of his quality and versatility is in demand,” said Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor.
“A lot of players put themselves in a pigeon-hole and say ‘I am a central midfielder or a striker’ or whatever.
“With Greg, we asked him: ‘Where do you want to play?’ He said: ‘I don’t mind.’ He will do whatever to help the team, and that’s the type of a character we will need with a smaller squad than the so-called bigger clubs.”
“We have seen him play right-back, centre back, centre midfield and as a striker, and he excels in those positions in the Championship.”
Manager Steve Evans used his famed powers of persuasion over four seperate meetings to tempt the 6ft 4in utility man to AESSEAL New York Stadium after three years with Nottingham Forest.
Halford, who played for Sheffield United in 2008/09, has Premier League experience with Reading, Sunderland and Wolves and has commanded transfers fees of £7 million during his career.