Paul Merson's Operation Consolidation stepped up a gear yesterday when the Walsall player-manager took Coventry City's Craig Pead on loan until the end of the season.
Pead's arrival brings the total number of new players at the Bescot Stadium to two in three months following last week's signing of goalkeeper Andy Oakes from Derby.
It is also a clear sign that after a frustrating couple of months in which Merson has missed out on a host of illustrious names, the former Aston Villa man is finally beginning to make some headway in his dash to beat today's transfer deadline.
Pead is a former England Youth international who came through the ranks at Highfield Road to sign professional forms in September 1998.
He went on to make his league debut at the end of the 2001/2002 season before enjoying a solid campaign the following year in a full-back berth where he established a regular place in the starting line-up.
His starting opportunities were rather more limited last season, but he did well in the right-back position late on in the campaign but this term the 23-year-old has failed to make an appearance for the Sky Blues, although he spent a month on loan at Notts County in September.
A dynamic and lively player, the Bromsgrove-born defender is also comfortable in a central midfield role and stands by to make his Saddlers' debut in Saturday's crucial clash with Oldham Athletic. He has a chance to earn a permanent deal with Walsall when his current deal expires in the summer.
Meanwhile, Mark Kinsella is aiming to hand the Saddlers a timely boost by making a comeback from injury over the Easter weekend.
The veteran midfielder, who has been out for almost two months with ankle ligament damage, hopes to figure in at least one of his team's holiday fixtures.
Kinsella played for 45 minutes in a practice game last week and emerged unscathed from full training sessions last Friday and on Monday.