Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher has revealed he rejected a transfer to Norwich City at the eleventh hour, prior to joining the Owls.
Fletcher made the move to Wednesday in the summer of 2016, having been released by Sunderland.
Three years on, the Scottish striker remains at the club and he is expected to be a key man next season, as they push for promotion under Steve Bruce.
Things could have been very different, however, had it not been for Barry Bannan’s input.
Fletcher’s club and international colleague persuaded him to make the switch to Wednesday when he was driving to Norwich to secure a move.
Speaking to Open Goal, the 32-year-old says it was not a moment that went down well with Alex Neil, Canaries boss at the time:
It was Baz who got me to sign. I was going down to talk with Norwich. Alex Neil was the manager – he’s probably still not happy with me, I don’t think.
I was driving down and my agent had called me on the way down saying, listen, Sheffield Wednesday are keen.
I was looking at the sat-nav thinking, there’s still six hours left from Glasgow to Norwich – still a long way to go. I was half-way, I was thinking, Sheffield’s just there, do you know what I mean?
I texted him and said, what’s Wednesday like? He said, brilliant. I said, they want me to go speak to them. He said, you need to come. And I was like, right – sat-nav, changing it. I went in and signed that night.
I had to tell Alex Neil, aye. He wasn’t happy. I can’t even say (what he said) on camera! Nah, it wasn’t too bad, just, OK. That’s even worse, isn’t it?
In hindsight, Fletcher may regret his decision, with Norwich now on their way back to the Premier League.
He will be hoping to join them next year, with Wednesday expected to challenge in the Championship with Bruce at the helm.
Gallery: 2019/20 Premier League relegation odds
Sheffield United - 8/11
The Blades have earned promotion from the Championship, as Chris Wilder continues to excel.
This will be his toughest test by far, however, and his side are favourites to be relegated.
Norwich City - 5/6
Norwich sealed promotion to the Premier League as champions, with superb football played under Daniel Farke.
Whether or not that style proves to be as effective in the top flight remains to be seen, and they are being tipped for the drop.
Burnley enjoyed a strong second half to the season, staying up with relative ease in the end.
Another tough campaign is being predicted, however, with Sean Dyche’s men third favourites to go down.
Brighton - 9/4
The surprise sacking of Chris Hughton means it is hard to know what to expect from Brighton next season.
Relegation may be avoided, but it would be a surprise if they weren’t among the clubs battling for survival.
Southampton - 5/1
Ralph Hasenhuttl has impressed since taking charge at St Mary’s, keeping Southampton up comfortably in the end.
Will he suffer second season syndrome, though, as Saints looking to avoid a return to the Championship?