Southampton FanZoner Olly Chanot hails the signings of Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama and thinks they prove just how far the club has come.
This time last year, me and every other Saints fan were both nervous and excited for the beginning of the Premier League season. Nervous, because we were going into an extremely tough league with some of the greatest players, but mostly excited because after seven years, we were finally back among the big boys.
So far in this busy transfer period, we have signed two players in Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama. The pair are big investments for our club as they cost a combined grand total of £19.5 million. But both players have Champions League experience and have added something completely different to the south coast side.
Our five-year plan back in 2009 was to get back into the Premier League. Although we achieved our aim far earlier than expected, we haven't looked back - as these ambitious new signings prove.
We are slowly seeing some of our fringe players leave the club too. Some of them were crucial in helping the club return to the Premier League, for which we wont forget and will always wish them well.
I am expecting a few more signings before the greatest time of the year, the beginning of the Premier League season.
Last year all I wanted was for us to finish at least 17th. This year, I just don't know! Can we finish in the middle of the table, or do we dare to go for the top half?
Only one answer though really - we will just have to try and finish as high as we can.
The next few weeks will be chaotic, as well as exciting. Will Luke Shaw commit to the Southampton cause? Will we see a couple more quality signings come our way? Will Ronaldo be walking out onto the St Mary's pitch? Well, probably not but either way these are exciting times for a team that was in League One some three years ago.
We can only hope for a better start that last year and hopefully maybe this year we can show everyone that we can play the way we want and cause a few more upsets, as they will sit in the memory of all Southampton fans for many years to come.
By Olly Chanot, FanZone's Southampton blogger. You can follow @FanZone on Twitter!