In From The Cold Meaning

(idiomatic) moved from an ineffective position

Example: 2011 December 29, Keith Jackson, “SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0”[1], Daily Record:
  Lennon chose to bring Thomas Rogne in from the cold and place him at the heart of his defence – a move which allowed him to deploy Victor Wanyama in central midfield.
1963 John le Carré - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold