Cardiff City's scouting system was decimated when Neil Warnock left the club in November after three years in charge.

Head scout Glyn Chamberlain left with Warnock and so did the entire network of scouts working underneath him.

There were a myriad problems to overcome for new manager Neil Harris when plotting his transfer strategy back in January. He had to set up his own, trusted scouting network and work with the board for the first time on which potential targets to acquire.

Harris was warned he wouldn't have a bottomless pit of money to spend in the winter window, which meant every signing he did make was crucial, no money could be wasted.

Luckily for him, though, one scout appears to have come up trumps.

Matty Fryatt revealed to HullLive that he is currently employed as the Bluebirds' scout in the Midlands and it is from that region which City had the most success in January.

Harris spoke highly of the recommendations he had received about all three players, Brad Smith from Bournemouth, Albert Adomah from Nottingham Forest and Dion Sanderson from Wolves when they signed earlier this year and it is likely Fryatt would have had heavy involvement in the latter two.

While it hasn't quite worked out for Smith as yet, both Sanderson and Adomah, who joined from Midlands clubs, have been big hits since penning deadline-day moves to the Welsh capital.

That should be hugely encouraging not only for Bluebirds fans but also Harris, who will likely seek more guidance from the 34-year-old Fryatt in future, given his success rate in albeit a very small sample size.

Fryatt's career was curtailed by injury at 27. The former striker started his career at Walsall before earning a move to then Championship outfit Leicester City.

He moved on to Hull City before completing his career at Nottingham Forest, having not played for the final two years of his three-year contract owing to a crippling Achilles injury.

But he appears to be making headway in his secondary career as a scout and his reputation will have only been enhanced by his January hit rate and City fans will be desperate for more of the same this summer.