Widnes coach Denis Betts hopes the signing of Kevin Brown will put an end to the type of horror show he witnessed in Manchester.
The Vikings were drubbed 68-4 by Warrington on their Magic Weekend debut, with the Wolves running in 12 tries as they equalled their own high-scoring record at the two-day event in the process.
Such hidings have been commonplace for Widnes on their return to the Super League, though, with Betts' men yet to give any concrete on-field evidence as to why they were given a three-year licence last year.
But, before the game they announced the signing of Huddersfield captain Brown - regarded as one of the best players in the competition - on a four-year contract from next season, in a move that surprised most in the game.
And Betts, who has put a squad together that is struggling to cope with Super League life, hopes that the 27-year-old's arrival at the start of next season will put an end to one-sided defeats his side seem to be suffering on an almost weekly basis.
"He's an exceptional signing," Betts said of Brown.
"It shows what our intentions were. This isn't year one, it's year zero. We're putting a team on the field to try and compete week in, week out.
"But we lack composure, leadership and someone to control the game and that's what we want and that's why we pushed after Kevin, an Englishman, for that position.
"He will be the first of some (signings). This is a three-year plan. We brought players in, but will be moving some on and strengthening our squad with higher quality players who can handle the pressure and offer leadership."
Both those things were clearly lacking today as Joel Monaghan scored five tries and Matty Blythe three as Widnes were blown apart.
They have lost their last seven games and are rock bottom of the table, four points adrift.
"We spoke about how we needed a start, but we made the first error and were caught in the headlights. We lost momentum and our confidence was shot to pieces," Betts added.
"We are trying to break the cycle, but when you are getting beat every week, building up the confidence is hard. Mondays are the hardest part when you have to say: 'Let's go again'."
Confidence was not a problem for Warrington boss Tony Smith, who saw his men return to the top of the table, although maybe only temporarily ahead of Wigan's clash with St Helens tomorrow.
But, while the Australian was pleased with his own side, he had some sympathy for Widnes and their current plight.
"I can't draw up the league. Somebody had to play Widnes and it was us today," he said.
"They're going to improve. They were always going to have some of these days. That's what happens when you find our you're entering a competition six months before.
"If you want to do it properly, you've got to give them three year's notice and some dispensation. You don't tell them to put a team together in six month and then expect them to compete at this level.
"You get what you get and they have done pretty well. They'll get better and will learn from some of these experiences. I feel for them. We can't kick them to death when they don't perform."