Charlton's new loan signing Rob Hulse has revealed that he was one of six Queens Park Rangers players to be sent to train with the youth team, to make way for the club's raft of new signings.
QPR have gained a reputation for being ruthless with their fringe players since they gained promotion to the top flight and brought another 12 new faces to Loftus Road this summer alone.
Manager Mark Hughes has taken a hard line with those in the squad deemed surplus to requirements by shifting them on - such as Hulse, 32, who joined the Addicks this week.
And the former Derby Country striker, who came off the bench for his Charlton debut in the 2-1 defeat to Watford on Tuesday, has now shed some light on Hughes' methods.
"DJ Campbell, Luke Young, Jay Bothroyd, Smithy [Tommy Smith], [Heidar] Helguson. So there were about five or six of us [training with the reserves]," Hulse said.
"It's difficult but I've been at football clubs and I've seen it happen to other people. It happens and you wonder why, and you don't think you've done anything wrong.
"But you've just got to get your head down and work hard, and that's what I did."
QPR may have to do the same considering they are now bottom of the Premier League, with only two points from six games. Despite being moved on, Hulse insists there is no bad feeling between himself and his employers.
"There's no animosity there, I hope they do well," he added. "I hope they start winning some games because I've got some good friends in the changing room. It's just football. You just move on and get on with it."