Last night saw White Hart Lane say its goodbyes to one of its most revered sons - as Jermain Defoe came on at half-time to wave off the Spurs fans who have supported him over two spells in North London for nine years.
Defoe agreed a deal with Toronto FC in January - and has been back on loan with Spurs ever since.
Unfortunately injury curtailed his involvement with the team for what would have been his final game - as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Dnipro 3-1 in the Europa League in order to qualify 3-2 on aggregate.
Defoe is one of the club’s all-time record goalscorer’s at fifth in the list with 143 goals for the club in all competitions - while he is also their leading European goal-scorer with 23 goals.
“I'm just speechless. I remember it like it was yesterday when I walked on to the pitch and signed. Even before I kicked a ball, the reception was fantastic. It's something I will never forget. I will cherish and appreciate that. I'm going to miss this place. It's been a part of my life and for my family. It's a special place."
Defoe now embarks on a new career in the USA - as he joins up with former team-mate Ryan Nelsen who is the head coach at the ambitious MLS franchise.
But don’t bank on this being the last time you see Defoe in a Tottenham kit.
In the MLS off-season next term he is likely to want to maintain his fitness levels - especially if he is still harbouring England ambitions at that time.
And you can certainly expect Spurs to be one of the many teams scrambling to make a move for the player on a temporary basis.
For now the fans can cherish the good times with Defoe - and wish him all the best in his new adventure across the Atlantic.
Here is some Twitter reaction to Defoe’s farewell…
Proud of the Spurs today coming from behind to beat Dnipro, great game and farewell Jermain you will be missed forever <3 @IAmJermainDefoe— Jake Trajkovski (@JakeGarethBale) February 28, 2014
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