Neil Warnock revealed shortly after giving Kadeem Harris his Premier League breakthrough that he didn’t think he’d ever play the Sheffield Wednesday-bound winger.
Yet Harris would end last season with 13 top-flight outings under his belt.
Sadly for him, those were not enough to earn him a new deal at the Cardiff City Stadium, where competition included Junior Hoilett, Josh Murphy and Nathaniel Mandez-Laing.
They should, however, bode well for Harris’s soon-to-be new employers, Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he underwent a medical on Tuesday, according to The Star.
Harris hasn’t played a lot of football these past two campaigns, with injury ruling him out of most of Cardiff’s promotion-winning season.
And some Wednesday fans may express concern at that, given the number of absences experienced by the Owls of late.
But if Harris can recover from having sat out the best part of a year to play semi-regularly in his first-ever Premier League campaign, then those of a Sheffield Wednesday persuasion should feel encouraged.
And Warnock, the lifelong Sheffield United whose ‘special bond’ with Harris stopped the Londoner from leaving Cardiff two years earlier, will no doubt (reluctantly) agree.
Speaking via BBC Sport late last year, the Cardiff manager said of Harris: “He’s just changed my mind. He deserves it.
“He’s been the best player in training for the last six weeks, he’s been an absolute breath of fresh air for me as a manager.
“I’ve had no option but to bring him into the squad.
“I put him on and he scored the other week (during Cardiff’s 4-2 win over Fulham) and he’s earned his place and by the looks of it, he wants to keep it.
“Because I thought every time he got it he was dangerous. He was as good as anybody on the pitch today.”
Hopefully, from a Sheffield Wednesday perspective, there are plenty more of those days to come.