Adlene Guedioura has departed Nottingham Forest with a sense of what could have been for all concerned.
For the second time on Trentside, an eventful chapter has come to a close.
Guedioura leaves having made quite the impression.
Not all of his input was positive, with it impossible to ignore speculation which surfaced over the summer, but he leaves with the best wishes of most.
With a penchant for the spectacular, the 33-year-old boasts an eye-catching highlight reel.
The first entry in that video would likely be an absolute thunderbolt delivered at Leeds in the fabled 7-3 win at Elland Road in March 2012.
That effort may have been topped had a strike from inside his own half dropped the right side of the post against West Brom last season.
Guedioura could always be relied upon to produce the unexpected.
There would always be the dogged determination, but that was forever accompanied by an air of mystery.
That is what endeared him to plenty.
Guedioura embraced what it meant to represent the Reds.
He showed as much in his “thank you ducks” farewell message on social media.
That post went on to add: “One of my big wishes in my career was to start a Premier League season as a Forest player but you can’t control destiny.
— Adlene GUEDIOURA (@AdleneGUEDIOURA) August 18, 2019
“Thank you again for your tremendous support and for the love you gave me.
“We smiled together, we cried together, we got angry together, but we were all together and we’ll stay together.
“All the best to the team. Thank you for the memories.”
Guedioura got his Premier League wish, but had to leave Forest in order to see it fulfilled.
Jumping ship to Crystal Palace in 2013 didn’t sit well with some.
All was forgiven when the prodigal son returned four-and-a-half years later.
By then, though, Guedioura was not the same player that had packed his bags for south London.
What should have been his peak was spent elsewhere.
A parting of ways at this point comes as no real surprise.
Guedioura will always be welcomed back to the City Ground in his new role as a fan, with there plenty of goodwill left in the tank.
He got Forest.
But did the Reds ever really get all of and the very best of him?