You've probably seen quite a few articles on free agents crop up in recent days since the transfer window slammed shut.
You know the sort – 10 players your club should sign now the window has closed, pouring over the out of contract players who are so far still up for grabs.
Looking at the list, the sort of names which crop up are the sort you could imagine the Rs filling their side with three or four years ago.
The likes of Sebastian Bassong, Youssouf Mulumbu, Kris Commons, Mathieu Flamini, Marouane Chamakh, Kieran Richardson, Ricky Lambert, Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure are all the wrong side of 30 now and looking for one last payday – which won't come cheaply.
Close your eyes and you could almost imagine any one of them pulling on the blue and white hoops for a 'new arrival' photo shoot circa in the early to middle years of this decade.
The Rs have to box smarter these days, and have done so in this window. The only summer arrival to fall anywhere near the above category of aged and faded stars is Alex Baptiste, but even he has be more of a lower league light for the most part.
The Rs already know what they're getting from Kazenga Lua Lua thanks to two loan spells, while
Josh Scowen was a smart capture from fellow Championship side Barnsley – a fine example of how to score the free agent market properly.
David Wheeler and Bright Osayi-Samuel have been impressing in the lower leagues for Exeter ans Blackpool respectively, and while little is known of League of Ireland capture Paul Smyth, his is a relatively low-risk signing.
Apart from Baptiste, and perhaps Lua Lua, they all have the potential to grow into better players, have the best year of their career at Loftus Road and represent future resale value.
It may be finances which have dictated a smarter approach, but the Rs will be better spiritually as well as financially better off for swerving the usual free agent suspects.
The one who I wondered if they may look at was Toumani Diagouraga, a familiar face in West London due to his time with Brentford, and who left Leeds by mutual consent last week.
He has been linked today with the likes of Bury and Scunthorpe in League One and Aberdeen in Scotland, the Frenchman has only just turned 30 and could definitely still do a job in the Championship.