Just as Sydney FC were getting used to the idea of life without Milos Dimitrijevic, the star Serbian midfielder has re-signed with the club for another two A-League seasons.
In a massive coup for the Sky Blues, Dimitrijevic has had a change of heart and will return from Europe in mid-August to rejoin coach Graham Arnold's new-look squad as they aim to go one better than May's grand final loss.
The 31-year-old, who was named as the club's 2014/15 player of the year, appeared to have left for good in June when he was released as a free agent amid Arnold's roster overhaul and stalled contract negotiations.
However continued talks since then have paid off, meaning fans can again look forward to watching the architect behind Sydney's blistering attack last campaign.
"I thought long and hard during the off season about where I wanted to play my football, and I am happy I have made the right decision," Dimitrijevic said.
"Working with Arnie again and competing in Asia were huge drawcards for staying."
Dimitrijevic's signature means Sydney will boast some serious Serbian flair in the midfield, given the recent two-year signing of his countryman Milos Ninkovic.
Former World Cup player Ninkovic, who succeeded Dimitrijevic at Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade in 2013, has been touted as possessing the same midfield creativity of his compatriot.
The pair will bring experience to a more youthful side and will combine with new marquee, Slovakian international striker Filip Holosko, who can play anywhere across the forward line including on both wings.
"Milos is a quality player," Arnold said of Dimitrijevic, who last season became the first ever player at Sydney FC to win all three major individual awards in a single campaign.
"His displays last season earned him the acclaim of his peers and fans and I believe he was one of the form players of the competition.
"To have Milos back strengthens our midfield immensely as we need a lot of quality and depth with a heavy program, a lot of players away for Olyroos duty and the Asian Champions League matches, plus A-League."