It appears that there's an emerging structure in the Irish League with the comparatively money-rich clubs embarking on a move to full-time football and the rest left languishing. The haves and the have-nots.
But as he steps across that divide, try telling Sean Ward that it's a chasm impossible to bridge.
The experienced defender this week finalised a move from Crusaders to Glenavon.
He has managed to win both the league and Irish Cup at all three of his previous clubs, doing so with both Glentoran and Linfield before repeating the feat at Seaview.
Those three Belfast outfits are all part of the very upper echelons of Irish League society, joined now by Kenny Bruce-funded Larne. Thoughts of adding another Irish Cup success at Mourneview in the current climate may seem fanciful; talk of a league title downright laughable.
You can't be happy losing. When you get that bug of winning, it stays with you. You can't be happy being made a fool of.
But not to Ward. In fact, if there's any attitude of cannot amongst the have-not, best make sure he's not within earshot.
"I don't care what age I am," asserted the 36-year-old with the force any team-mates will discover if they fail to match his determination. "If I'm playing against Larne, Crusaders, Glentoran or Linfield then I'll be confident I can beat them. That's the mentality young lads have to have. You can't be happy losing. When you get that bug of winning, it stays with you. You can't be happy being made a fool of."
That would perhaps be a brusque but not inaccurate way to sum up a few of Glenavon's results last season; notably the back-to-back 7-0 and 6-0 defeats at Linfield and Larne, or the 8-1 trouncing at Windsor Park in January.
"They beat Linfield at Mourneview in between those two big losses to the same team," said Ward. "How does that happen? That's not Gary's (Hamilton - manager) fault. That's hunger and mentality of a player.
"I'm not saying I'm going to change that but you have to let people know this isn't acceptable. I'm not knocking my pan in at 36 and sacrificing so much of my life to have a Saturday evening, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ruined. You can't be happy losing."
It's the attitude that will have been at the forefront of Hamilton's mind when he lured Ward to Lurgan. Between taking the reins in 2011 and winning the Irish Cup in 2014, Hamilton added seven Irish League title winners to his squad in Kris Lindsay, Winkie Murphy, Kyle Neill, Ciaran Martyn, Shane McCabe, Andy Kilmartin and David Rainey.
Add in Mark Farren, Gareth McKeown and Eddie McCallion, who all had experience of winning top-level trophies, and the Mourneview Park dressing room was now packed with a need for more success, which duly arrived. It's a strategy that Hamilton seems keen to replicate in response to his side's first bottom-six finish since 2013, with Ward joining his former Crusaders team-mate Colin Coates at the heart of defence and the midfield options now including ex-internationals Sammy Clingan and Robert Garrett.
"You've players there that have achieved an awful lot and that won't accept second best," said Ward, who has completed his B Licence but says he has no thoughts yet about coaching, intending to play on for as long as possible.
"If we can do that within ourselves, then we'll keep pushing on and see where it takes us. We're not there to make the numbers up. We're not there for the craic."
Ward had spoken to more clubs than he imagined would be interested when it became clear he wouldn't get a new deal at Crusaders. He admits the proximity of Mourneview Park to his work at Lismore Comprehensive School was a factor but a player with his lasting hunger for success wasn't making such a decision on time factors alone.
"It's a club I've always admired," he said, and one that holds family ties with both his father-in-law Francis Smyth and uncle Gerry Clarke having signed for Glenavon in 1979. "It's a great club with great infrastructure, a great youth set-up and a great environment to train and play matches in. And with the experienced heads and the talented young players in the squad, I think we're capable of pushing on and surprising a few people.
"We don't have the finances that other clubs have but you can't accept that defeatist attitude that just because we can't afford a particular type of player we don't think we should be on the same pitch as them.
"I'm not going to say that we're going to win the league but I'm not going to say we're not going to win the league. You have to have a changing room that believes in it. You have to have a core group who have the experience of doing it and you also have to have a fair bit of luck."
Fanciful? Laughable? Just try telling Sean Ward that have-nots cannot.
• Warrenpoint Town have signed Colm Carney and Luke Gallagher.
Carney, a 26-year-old striker, arrives from North East Football League Premier Division champions Trim Celtic where he scored 24 goals last season.
Gallagher (25), a former Republic of Ireland U-21 international, brings with him a raft of defensive experience picked up at Burnley, Shelbourne, Bray Wanderers and, latterly, Drogheda United.