Mark Sykes deciding to play for the Republic of Ireland rather than Northern Ireland is hugely disappointing, but the bottom line is if your heart's not in it, you are no good to the dressing room or the team.
Michael O'Neill's philosophy for rebuilding the Stoke City squad in his image as he enters his first full season at the Bet365 Stadium should be relatively straightforward - sell and then buy.
The League One play-off final at Wembley tomorrow will be worth watching, with ex-Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes playing for Oxford United and former Linfield winger Paul Smyth on loan at Wycombe Wanderers from QPR.
This Friday will mark the four-year anniversary of Northern Ireland's debut at the European Championship finals in France and I still can't believe how hard we had to work to lose 1-0 to Poland.
After a week in which Michael O'Neill finally departed as Northern Ireland manager, you would think the Irish FA's most pressing concern regarding the international team would be finding a successor.
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