Jimmy Bullard would fit the bill for NUFC
Newcastle will edge closer to the promised land with victory over Nottingham Forest tonight but for manager Chris Hughton the work is only just starting ahead of next season.
And in terms of new faces, Hughton, according to morning reports, is understood to be considering a move for Hull City star, all round playmaker, dressing room joker and one time Humber Bridge hot head Jimmy Bullard.
Hughton was thought to be at the KC Stadium to see Bullard net a penalty against Fulham on Saturday.
And while Bullard's injury problems since leaving Fulham for Hull have been well documented, he would be classed as a crowd pleaser on Tyneside with proven quality in the Premier League - just what the Toon are after next season hopefully.
Whatever unfolds during a summer of searching for new blood for Hughton, will obviously be a key period and it's understandable that he started his work pretty early this year with the arrival of new chief scout Graham Carr.
Hughton will take plenty of encouragement from the fact that he already has players on board who will be hungry to show the world what they can do in the Premier League next season after relegation.
And it will be more than interesting to see what Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez can do on the back a campaign which has resulted in them being big stars in black and white and now able to speak fluent English.
As ever intriguing times are ahead of us in Toonland.