Football's youngest journeyman signs for Newcastle United
As Second Chance Saloons go, Wayne Routledge has been there, done it and got quite a few t-shirts but at 25 the capture of the former Tottenham, Crystal Palace and QPR winger could still be the making of a player who once described as a potential England star for years to come.
But 14 years to the day that we signed Tino Asprilla and he weaved through the St James' Park car park in the snow wearing a fur coat, the scenes were very much understated as Newcastle United, questionably, did not want to make a fuss of the signing of Routledge.
The delight of the winger when speaking to Routledge was noticeable when chatting to the player over the phone at teatime tonight and speaking about his hopes and dreams, the Sidcup-born talent was keen to tell the world how much he appreciated the chance to play for Newcastle.
And in an interview set up by his agent the player stated he aims to grab the chance with both hands to do exactly that.
He's got 21 games to do it and knows that by the end of that stretch of games he could be a Premier League player once again.
Already he's one of football's journeyman with United now his EIGHTH club in five years!
However, in a game where you must try to take people as you find them as much as possible his hunger to do well will hopefully shine through in the next few games.
With Danny Simpson on board, Mike Williamson and now Routledge and the added bonus of nobody going through the exit door apart from Geremi this could well work out to be one of the better transfer windows of recent times.