Kyle Bartley was a huge success story at Leeds United during his loan spell at Elland Road, and admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post he was open to a return.
This was blocked by one man, Swans manager Paul Clement, who made very clear he saw Bartley as a key part of his squad.
Swansea blocked advances for Bartley and tied him down to a new contract, but now after Paul Clement has been sacked, the defender's future could be up in the air.
Bartley has missed the last three months of action with a knee injury, before making his comeback for the under-23s last night.
During his career at Swansea, he has been more out of the side than in, with former boss Francisco Guidolin deeming him surplus to requirements and loaning him out.
A new manager coming in means Bartley must prove himself all over again, and his history at Swansea have shown it could flip either way.
Leeds did not sign a central defender permanently to replace Bartley, instead loaning in Matthew Pennington and promoting Conor Shaughnessy from the under-23s.
If Bartley was available, Leeds could create room, and fans are hoping that Clement's sacking opens the door for the defender to come back to the club...
Clement leaving Swansea may clear the way for Bartley back to #lufc?— Sam James (@sam_jamesx) December 20, 2017
Now Clement is gone, we need Swansea to get a new manager, who doesn't see Bartley as part of his plans. Then we can go in for him in January.— The Mad Leeds Fan (@TheMadLeedsFan) December 20, 2017
Hopefully Karen Matthews will have been sacked by that point, so Barts won't join him. #lufc