Just in time for the upcoming end of Euro 2016, Huddersfield Town were back on the field for the first of five confirmed pre-season friendly fixtures.
A 1-0 win at Guiseley, courtesy of the boot of Sean Scannell , may not sound overly inspiring on the face of it, but David Wagner professed himself happy with the run out and there were plenty of points for spectators to mull over following the final whistle.
Hefele makes a great first impression
Even before he kicked a ball, there was great hope for Michael Hefele and the new centre back seems unperturbed.
On a night when there wasn't much defending to do he still stood out as a leader and he never stopped talking to his teammates - particularly useful when young Luke Coddington was behind him in goal.
The standout moment was when he volleyed the ball off the side of his foot to cut out an attack and it fell straight to the feet of compatriot Chris Loewe, who was immediately off upfield.
Hefele followed this piece of skill with a gutteral shout of PRESS as soon as Guiseley won the ball back.
Hopes for this man, who signed autographs for everyone before departing for the changing rooms, remain high.
Loewe the man to lift the left back curse?
Speaking of Loewe, he didn't miss the opportunity to show what he could do in an attacking sense.
He looks slight, especially when stood next to Hefele, but he's speedy down the left flank ad it's easy to see why Wagner likes him - he's just as comfortable bringing Town forward as he is keeping out the opposition.
The German signed from Kaiserslautern also put in one brilliant set piece delivery - something that was sorely missing from the first half, when a different XI was on the field.
There were some shocking corners in the opening 45 minutes. Loewe, and new arrival Aaron Mooy, can only improve matters.
Jury remains out on Coleman, Schindler and Paurevic
Although 45 minutes at Guiseley is far from enough to be confident that Loewe and Hefele will be instant hits, there was enough time for them to show some promising glimpses.
Some of the other new faces were not so lucky.
Joel Coleman was a virtual bystander between the sticks, and Paurevic only had 30 minutes on the field following two training sessions earlier in the day.
Christopher Schindler looked composed at the back and grabbed the assist for the goal but Guiseley didn't give him much chance to show why Wagner splashed record cash to bring him to England from 1860 Munich.
However, this was only the first friendly - with Oldham, and more crucially Liverpool now looming, they will get their opportunities.
Jordy Hiwula's time looks to be running out
Bought only 12 months' ago from Manchester City, Jordy Hiwula eased through his time in youth football, scoring for fun against Category One Academies as well as the likes of Barcelona in European competition.
He's found the senior game more of a struggle. Last term, he spent time at Wigan and Walsall on loan, scoring nine goals in a combined 32 appearaces for the League One duo.
At Guiseley, he played at no.10 - far from his natural position, which gives an indication of where he stands in the pecking order.
He struggled to make an impression and it will be no surprise to see Walsall get their wish of keeping him permanently.
Jordan Williams has a bright future ahead
Amid all the Academy chat in the summer when Mark Lillis departed, it shouldn't be lost that there are some gems on the books - Jordan Williams chief among them.
He's about to start his first year as a scholar having sat his GSCE exams last month. Before now, he's played at u18 and u21 level, shining against players five years his senior.
On Wednesday, he got the nod from the bench while Regan Booty stayed put, and once again he proved he is totally unfazed by the step up.
It goes without saying the teenager has a long way to go, but it's difficult to watch this lad play and not get excited by what lies ahead of him.
Same old pre-season friendlies
- Lindley Infant School lollipop patrol campaign1:08
- Jason McCartney questions Jeremy Hunt in House of0:49
- Gung-ho! inflatable fun0:56
- Health meeting in Slaithwaite0:50
- Burger with a pint of liquid cheese1:12
- Mobile phones and driving: changes in the law0:41
- Appeal to trace two men after a distraction theft0:38
Come May, many fans are ready for the summer break. By the start of July, those same fans are chomping at the bit for the new season to start.
Friendlies are eagerly anticipated, a chance to see old heroes and new faces.
Then you watch the first one and remember that each and every year they are an anti-climax.
Town won 1-0 and hit the woodwork a further three times, but it wasn't a classic and nor was it expected to be.
A first game is about getting minutes in legs, and there will be a few more games like this before the season kicks off - and the competitive football kicks in.