Coventry City have made an early statement of intent for next season by agreeing a new two-year deal with Michael Doyle.
Despite suffering two consecutive Championship defeats, Coventry have undoubtedly turned the corner this season and are armed with a three-year blueprint to take them into the Premiership.
Micky Adams has revitalised his squad but the acid test will arrive in the summer when he present a wish list of targets to his board.
The Sky Blues are exactly halfway in the league table and Adams is acutely aware of the need to replenish his squad if they are to progress still further towards their former glories.
However, the initial auguries are promising as they board have acquiesced to Doyle's demands and awarded the 24-year-old a two-year-contract.
The deal, which has a further year's option, is just reward for Doyle's dogged displays during 138 appearances for the club.
"I wanted to stay and the club have said they didn't want to lose me either, so that was nice to hear," said Doyle.
"I had no real intentions of leaving here, as I am happy. It wasn't a hard decision for me to sign because I think we have shown this season that we are capable of competing with anyone at this level.
"For me, Coventry City is a club that is going places. I enjoy working with Micky Adams, share his vision for the future and am delighted I'm going to be a part of that future."
Adams was understandably buoyant after securing Doyle's future with a host of clubs prepared to make a swoop if his contract expired in the summer.
But rather than rest on his laurels, Adams is determined to enrich his squad with more talent.
The final five games of the season are likely to further crystalise his thoughts regarding certain players, as he formulates his plan for next term.
"In my own mind I've got an idea of where I want to go," said Adams. "I'm just trying to get out to as many games as possible and have a look at targets who maybe available.
"I'm just looking to strengthen in the summer, then concentrate on hitting that three year target the new regime have given us."
"It was no secret that I wanted to keep Michael at the club as he is an integral part of my plans here.
"There isn't a player in the Championship who can match him in terms of work-rate and at only 24, he has many years ahead of him."
Richard Shaw also joined in the plaudits for Doyle ahead of his testimonial fixture next Tuesday.
Shaw's decade of service with Coventry has been rewarded with a prestigious friendly against Celtic, Doyle's former club, next Tuesday.
And the veteran centre-half concurred with Adams' views over Doyle's future.
"I am made up for (Michael Doyle) Doyler," enthused Shaw. "In his two years at the club he has worked really hard and epitomises what this Coventry side is all about.
"I don't like players who don't sweat for the cause getting rewarded but Michael deserves everything he gets as he is an honest lad."