The Dons swooped to land Miles Storey because he ticked all the boxes with not just ability but also mentality and personality.
Swindon Town striker Storey has been secured on a pre-contract and will officially join the Dons on July 1.
Storey was hot property after a season-long loan spell with Inverness that yielded 13 goals.
That form made the 22-year-old a wanted man by the Highlanders, Hearts, Partick Thistle and Motherwell.
His talent on the field is in no doubt. But to become part of Derek McInnes’ summer rebuilding process a player also has to be the right fit – a winner, fighter and someone who will fit into an already successful dressing room.
Storey fits the criteria in all departments.
Aberdeen assistant manager Tony Docherty said: “When we look to sign someone we don’t just identify a good player.
“We identify good players with a winning mentality that can meet the demands of being an Aberdeen player.
“It is not just players being signed based on ability.
“It is also based on personality, mentality and how they are going to fit into an already successful dressing room.”
Storey is the second striker to be secured for next season with Bournemouth’s Jayden Stockley also snapped up on a pre-contract.
Both are 22 years old and will come in to bolster an attack that already boasts a striker in Adam Rooney, who has hit the 20-goal mark for two successive seasons.
Securing Storey ahead of Premiership rivals was a major coup and a statement of real intent.
As recently as April 30 following his goal in the 4-1 win over Partick the striker admitted he was open to remaining at Inverness but had not been offered a deal.
Storey said: “I have not had anything offered at Inverness but we will see what happens.”
As Hughes predicted Inverness were “caught sleeping” with Aberdeen moving rapidly for Storey.
The Dons have secured a striker who netted a double against then Premier League Aston Villa as a substitute for Swindon at just 18 years old.
Former Celtic, Juventus and AC Milan forward Paolo Di Canio rated Storey highly while Swindon boss, and regularly started him.
A combination of Di Canio’s exit and a hamstring injury derailed his Swindon progress.
Storey revitalised his career at Inverness. Only this weekend following the last game of the season he admitted to frustration over uncertainty about his future.
He said: “Being in limbo is quite sad.” The Reds acted to end the limbo and secure his future.