James Scowcroft's move to Crystal Palace was completed yesterday as the Londoners paid Coventry City £500,000 to get their man.
The ex-Leicester striker has signed a three-year deal at Selhurst Park to rubber-stamp a reunion with his former manager Peter Taylor, having worked with Palace's new boss at the Walkers Stadium.
Scowcroft arrived at the Ricoh Arena on a free transfer in the summer of 2005 and scored three goals in 45 appearances for the Sky B lues last season and although he was sometimes the focus of criticism from the fans he remained a favourite with manager Micky Adams.
But Adams was powerless to hold on to the 30-year-old when Palace offered him more money and so his loss is Taylor's gain.
"James is a player I know very well. He's a very good target man and a footballer who can play in a number of positions," Taylor said.
Three matches against non-League minnows Camarthen Town, Worcester City and Stafford Rangers might not be the most illustrious way to conclude their pre-season but Mark Kinsella believes they are exactly the kind of games Walsall need.
The Saddlers kick off their League Two campaign against Rochdale in just over a week but before that they face the demanding schedule of another two games - following last night's appointment in Wales - in four days.
Considering the nature of the task ahead as Walsall seek to bounce back into League One at the first time of asking, the lowly trio will provide the type of opposition with which they must become familiar.
"These are the sort of games we need in our pre-season programme," the player-coach said. "They are three tough away games for us but we've got to get used to that and play these type of teams because that's what awaits us in this division. We know it will be another tough game when we go to Rochdale on the opening day."
Walsall visit Worcester tomorrow night and then make the short journey to Stafford on Saturday.