Clark's signings washing away any summer Blues
There are few things that can cheer some people up on a Monday morning. One thing capable of this is the sunshine and another is a positive Birmingham City story.
As if by magic, we have both today.
Whilst reading this piece by Colin Tattum on the Birmingham Mail website this morning, the thought of going to St. Andrew's next season got me excited.
New signing Neal Eardley's quotes about manager Lee Clark's vision for the club certainly helped this.
"I like to think the stronger parts of my game are going forward... After speaking to the manager, I think the way he would like to play next season it will allow the full-backs to do that," was the one that most gave notion to Clark's intentions next season.
Eardley's acquisition, when Blackpool fought tooth-and-nail to keep the Welsh full-back, was the latest player acquisition that has reflected well on Clark.
Whilst many fans wanted Paul Caddis tied up on a permanent basis, the deal to get a better full-back on a free transfer is certainly something that should be acclaimed.
Andrew Shinnie and Darren Randolph have also joined Blues this summer and spoken of the fact that they could have gone to clubs paying better wages than Blues. Yet both have referenced the fact that Clark had sold the club to them and that the plans for next season excited them so much that they moved to St. Andrew's instead.
Striker Lee Novak, who worked with Clark at Huddersfield, spoke in a similar manner after his move from the Terriers.
"To get the opportunity to work with him again was something I couldn't turn down. When he spoke to me and told me what he wanted to do next season, push for promotion and things like that, it didn't take much thinking from me," Novak told the Birmingham Mail.
That is a word that we've seldom seen this summer from Blues fans. With thoughts turning to the likes of Curtis Davies and Jack Butland leaving the club and developments out in Asia, most fans have accepted that it would be acceptable to survive next season.
But that doesn't appear to be enough for Clark himself; a characteristic that is infectious and gets fans and players alike excited. Every man and his dog are aware of Blues' financial situation, so to see players choosing the club over teams with a bigger financial clout is something that must enthuse supporters.
The players are being sold by the promise of an attacking, promotion-hunting team for next season. That is something that was becoming more prominent by the turn of the year last season and now, with the foundations laid, Clark is looking to build upon this and is going about it in the correct manner.
I for one am excited - or maybe the glorious sunshine has just gone to my head?