Hans Segers reports he has been suitably impressed with what he has seen from new goalkeeping recruit Radek Cerny so far.
The Czech international keeper joined on transfer deadline day from Slavia Prague and will provide the experienced cover for Paul Robinson with Kasey Keller having departed. Goalkeeping coach Hans says the initial challenge for Cerny is to adapt to the English football environment.
"I've been impressed with him so far, he's got a great spring and a good pair of hands," revealed the coach.
"So far so good, I have been very pleased having been working with him for a week or so now. He has got that great spring, good technical ability and is a left footer who also has a decent right foot.
"Obviously the interesting thing is how he is going to cope with the English game. We'e going to play him in a few reserve team matches quite soon and we will see how he gets on with that. He has got all the experience though, he is an international and it should be no problem for him."
Cerny will fill the gap left by Kasey's leaving as Hans feels we would have been short on ready-for-action cover had Robinson suffered a lasting injury.
"I thought we had a bit of a problem with Kasey gone. When he decided to go we were left with three youngsters who might have done a job for a couple of matches, but would have been a little inexperienced if Robbo suffered a long-term injury.
"We have filled the gap with Radek and I am pleased with the situation we are in now. Robbo doesn't miss many games though and it is a tough one for him. He has made the decision and at 31 he got the chance to come to the English Premier League. If I was in his position I would have come as well."
Meanwhile, Hans retains high hopes for his young goalkeepers - Marton Fulop, Robert Burch and Nicky Eyre - and feels loan spells away from the club, particularly for Marton, would be best at this stage.
"That would be perfect now," he added. "We are in the position now where it would be best to get Marton out on loan so he can establish himself and make decisions week in, week out. At the moment he plays here every fortnight if he is lucky and he needs to play every week. He is only 21 and has done well for me so far, the next step for him is to play in the English league and make those goalkeeping decisions every week. I am fully confident he will do well - he is a very talented boy."