Dungannon Swifts skipper Shane McCabe was last night sensationally placed on the transfer list by club manager Harry Fay.
The player given the bad news when he arrived for the Irish Premier League match with Donegal Celtic, which fell foul of freezing fog.
It is not the kind of Christmas present that the club captain would have wanted.
It would seem that the former Fermanagh GAA star, who has been a key player since joining the club from Glenavon four years ago, has now kicked his last ball for the Stangmore Park club.
It was a startling development for Swifts supporters in a week that started with the news that Rodney McAree has asked for a transfer and the speculation is that these two developments are directly linked.
Manager Fay, however, would not be drawn.
"The decision has been taken in the best interests of Dungannon Swifts FC and I also feel that at this moment in time the player needs a new challenge," he said.
"He has been a good servant for Dungannon, but I also feel that the club has helped further his career."
There's been discontent at the club since McCabe chose to go to Newcastle-upon-Tyne on a stag weekend earlier this month and missed the Lisburn Distillery match at a time when the team was struggling to get results.
That will be interpreted as one of the reasons for the growing unrest that was blamed for the shock decision by hometown folk hero McAree to request a move last Sunday, which was subsequently withdrawn by the midfielder after talks with manager Fay.