Nicky Butt joined his new Birmingham City team-mates in Spain yesterday for their friendly with Deportivo La Coruna tonight.
The Newcastle United midfielder completed his medical and flew out to meet up with the squad after agreeing a season- long loan at St Andrew's earlier in the week.
The deal also gives Birmingham the right to make the move permanent next summer and although manager Steve Bruce has finally got the proven central midfielder he required, he has not ended his search for further recruits.
"We're maybe looking for one more midfielder if the right player becomes available," he said.
David Dunn is likely to miss at least six weeks of the season as he continues his rehabilitation from back surgery, Muzzy Izzet and Stan Lazaridis are only just coming back from serious injuries, and Damien Johnson is banned for the first three games.
"That leaves us very, very light in the midfield and that area is a concern to me," said Bruce. Blues' pursuit of Jason Euell looks to have ended after the Charlton Athletic midfielder dislocated his shoulder in a pre-season friendly.
The former Wimbledon man was seemingly on his way out of The Valley after falling down the pecking order and attracting an unsuccessful bid from Birmingham last week.
But the injury which will force him out of the start to the season will also confine him to remaining at Charlton until at least January when the transfer window reopens.
Addicks' manager Alan Curbishley said: "He's going to be out for at least a month if we're lucky. I can't see anyone signing someone who is injured."