It's no wonder that Brentford boss Andy Scott describes last year's January transfer window as 'very productive'.
It was, in fact, Brentford's most successful since the mid-season window was introduced seven years ago.
Two of Scott's signings this time last year, Ryan Dickson from Plymouth and Nathan Elder from Brighton, have gone on to become cornerstones of his promotion-chasing squad.
His dealing in that window also saw Craig Stone and Osei Sankofa join on loan from Gillingham and Charlton, while John Mackie,Lee Thorpe and Ryan Peters were shipped out to AFC Hornchurch, Rochdale and Margate to reduce the wage bill.
In fact, the last two Januarys have been Brentford's most active - hardly surprising seeing as they both came shortly after new managers took over.
But Scott Fitzgerald's signings two years ago, having shipped out Jamie England and Chris Moore, were less successful than those who followed a year later.
Joe Keith from Leyton Orient, Michael Leary from Luton, Dave Partridge from Bristol City and Che Wilson from Southend were unable to stop the Bees plummeting to relegation.
But perhaps the biggest flop was Neil Shipperley, paid for by a Fighting Chance fund set up by Bees supporters, but who failed to score in 11 games before retiring.
Considering Martin Allen's readiness with the cheque book, Januarys were surprisingly quiet in his two seasons at the helm.
His first in charge saw no activity, while the second only saw Callum Willock come in from Peterborough as a last-ditch replacement for Birmingham-bound DJ Campbell.
FA Cup hero Campbell was the second big name the Bees have lost during a January window, the other being Paul Smith, who joined Southampton in 2004.
Also out the exit door went Leo Roget, to Rushden & Diamonds, while Wally Downes brought in Finnish keeper Jani Viander to replace Smith, as well as landing Ronnie Bull on loan from Millwall.
The previous season, the first in which the January window was introduced, saw no transfer activity of any kind at Griffin Park.