Who will sign JR? It was a topic that set tongues wagging when it became apparent that Linfield defender Josh Robinson would be leaving Windsor Park.
There was a tussle for his services with Glentoran and Crusaders both interested in the 27-year-old centre-half. But, once Larne entered the fray, he was never going anywhere else.
"It all happened very quickly," he said after his two-year deal was announced on Tuesday. "Larne came in, told me what they were doing and I was very interested."
It's another mark of the brightening of one of the Irish League's traditional lesser lights.
The Inver Park club have, of course, undergone a complete metamorphosis since Kenny Bruce, hometown man and founder of online estate agent Purplebricks, arrived with significant investment and, at least as importantly, a detailed plan for the future in September 2017.
He hopes to make the football club a hub for the community and, ultimately, the heart of the town centre.
The manager is hungry for success - he wants to take Larne to the next level. Kenny Bruce is hungry and so are all the players. We're not here for a jolly - the hard work starts now.
A raft of new businesses, from a café to a gym, will provide income to help ensure the club's progress is based upon a financially sustainable model and provide new amenities for the town.
It's an all-encompassing plan quite unlike anything seen in Northern Irish football before.
"I spoke to Kenny and he told me bits and pieces about where he's going with the club and what he expects," Robinson continued. "It's something I want and it's a great challenge for me. It was really a no-brainer."
His role in the grand scheme of it, along with manager Tiernan Lynch and the rest of the squad, is to bring the Gibson Cup to Inver Park for the first time in the club's 131-year history.
Although they wouldn't routinely volunteer such a bold goal in a public setting, as Robinson admits, no player goes full-time just to make the top six.
Boss Lynch added: "We make no bones that we want to be a successful club, playing in Europe and challenging for league titles and Irish Cups.
"It's not something we shout from the roof tops. We try to keep a lot of the stuff we do in house and not do many interviews like this. We try to let our football do the talking but we're very committed and dedicated to where we want to take the club.
"We're very conscious that we want to play a good brand of football and we want people to enjoy coming to watch. We want the fans to feel like they're getting their money's worth."
To that end, Robinson arrives with undeniable know-how when it comes to lifting the top trophy in Irish League football.
He has won the league four times in the last six years, twice with Crusaders and twice with Linfield either side of a spell in England with York City. He was even named in the league's Team of the Year for the 2018-19 campaign.
He's the 11th player in the Larne panel to have won a top-tier title - taking the total tally to 20 top-level league wins between them. It's no accident.
Lynch explained: "It's about bringing people in that have that winning mentality - the type of people that, at all costs, are prepared to run through brick walls for the club and their team-mates. Josh has that.
"We knew Josh was out of contract and that there were a few clubs interested, as there would be. He's a lad who has four league titles and lots of Irish League experience. He's at a good age, coming into his prime and he has that mentality as well. It was a no-brainer from our end as well.
"If you look back to the likes of the Irish Cup quarter-final against Coleraine, we got done on the last kick by a young defender being outsmarted by Eoin Bradley. Hopefully having someone like Josh, you don't find yourself in those situations again."
Robinson had a steer on the move from his former Linfield team-mate and business partner Andrew Mitchell, who made the journey from Windsor to Inver in January.
The pair run AMJRCoaching together and, while being his own boss makes the switch to full-time football easier, Robinson says they're not intending to abandon a project close to their hearts.
"We were pretty hands on with it, going into schools and doing one-on-one sessions and things, but now we're hoping to bring coaches in and just manage things ourselves to make sure it's running okay," he explained.
"It's really just an interesting hobby for us. It's something we enjoy doing. We have a real interest in the mental health side of things and trying to help people. It's something we like to do."
It's all certainly going to be a new routine. Unlike his time in England, now he's going to balance being a full-time footballer with being a full-time daddy to 15-month-old daughter Rosa.
"I've had my hands full," he smiled. "My partner Kristina and I have been rotating the night shifts and it's been all good. I love it. Everyone's the same - having your first child is amazing. She's doing really well and she's healthy so that's the most important thing. Hopefully she can start kicking a ball soon!"
The same could be said for Robinson and his team-mates, who are waiting for pre-season training to get started.
While rumours range from August to October over the potential start date of a new season, Larne need clarity before they can rubber-stamp the day Robinson will get out on the training pitch in his new kit.
When it does happen, it'll be an immersive experience, more akin to what he experienced in England than with his other sides in the Irish League.
There'll be more time spent together, from working on the pitch to playing pool and ping-pong and eating together.
It all forms another key factor that made his decision over his latest move so straightforward.
"I know people talk about money but it's nothing like that," he said. "When the players come in in the morning, they're getting their breakfast before training and they're treated like full-time professionals in England. Everything is analysed in training and they go through every detail of what happens in a match scenario. For a footballer who has always wanted to be in that sort of environment, it's mouth-watering stuff.
"There seems to be a great bond there between all the players and the management. The players seem to be good friends and you need that. If I had decided to go elsewhere I would have regretted not trying it at Larne.
"The manager is hungry for success - he wants to take Larne to the next level. Kenny Bruce is hungry and so are all the players. We're not here for a jolly - the hard work starts now."
Larne have their first recruit of the summer signed, and their intriguing story continues.