Noel Hunt's impending move from Leeds to Ipswich Town has taken all by surprise.
Noel Hunt going on loan is not unexpected, but his destination is, and Leeds must be careful in signing off the deal.
The striker has been an abject disappointment since signing from Reading, and is poised to end his Elland Road misery.
Hunt, 31, was signed on a free transfer by Brian McDermott two years ago, but has had to make do with run outs for the under-21 side of late.
He has played only 57 minutes of Championship football this season, and it seems even if he stayed until May, that figure would not increase, with Mirco Antenucci, Souleymane Doukara, Billy Sharp, Steve Morison and even Brian Montenegro ahead in the pecking order.
Hunt had a chance at Leeds, and he blew it. The figures tell the story, he played 22 games, scored no goals, and provided no assists. An exit was inevitable.
The only shocker, is his next destination. Hunt is reportedly joining Ipswich Town. His brother plays there, so that part is logical, but the fact he is actually climbing up the table to look down upon Leeds, is bemusing, when it had seemed he would have to drop down to League One.
The reason Leeds must be careful in loaning Hunt out, is they play Ipswich Town in two weeks time on December 6.
Leeds have to make sure to insert a clause preventing Hunt from playing against them.
It's easy to say they should actually make him play, because he is a limited player and won't hurt them, but it does not always work like that.
Leeds only have to go back a few days to look at how Luke Varney came back to haunt them; they can't afford to have a repeat with Noel Hunt turning the game against them - although if there did, there may be a few defenders being asked serious questions by supporters.