It is inevitable that most will experience that sinking feeling of disappointment as the exit of Joel Lynch is finally confirmed.
The 28-year-old centre-back has signed for QPR after four years in a Huddersfield Town shirt.
Lynch has been a great success at Town, culminating in his runners-up spot for the club’s Player of the Year award last term.
That achievement looks even better when you consider that Nahki Wells was always untouchable in top spot, and Town had a terrible defensive record last season.
It was their goals that kept them out of relegation trouble rather than their propensity for clean sheets.
Yet despite all that Lynch was one of the best players in the side and the defence always looked better and more composed when he was on the field.
Town fans are unlikely to forget his liking for a spectacular goal either, with the overhead kick against Watford the best of the bunch - although nine goals in 129 appearances is a reminder they didn’t arrive too often.
Prior to this summer, Lynch was Town’s best defender and losing someone of his stature is bound to be an emotional wrench.
However, this is a deal that suits club and player.
Lynch was asking to go from the end of last season and there is little point in retaining the services of a man who wants to be elsewhere.
The club have experienced the sagas of Jacob Butterfield and Adam Clayton and have moved quickly to ensure his departure is confirmed as early as possible with two months still to go before the end of the transfer window.
No deadline day panic.
Town have also negotiated a very good fee for a 28-year-old in the final year of his contract – the final price could rise as high as £1.5m.
If we’re honest, and football is a brutally honest sport, it was time for an overhaul of the defence this summer anyway.
Lynch may be a good defender, but it is impossible to overlook the fact he was part of a back line that conceded 145 times in the past two Championship seasons.
Michael Hefele and Chris Loewe have already arrived, and money is due to be spent shortly to acquire the services of Christopher Schindler from 1860 Munich.
The money made from Lynch won’t be swallowed up, but instead be reinvested in an area of the squad that was ripe for new blood.
For Lynch, this is a chance to secure what could be his last long-term deal at decent money.
For Town and David Wagner, it is an opportunity to continue remoulding the squad to achieve bigger and better things.
Thank You and Good Luck Joel Lynch, now let’s see what the new cast can do.