A penny for the thoughts of Sheffield Wednesday's George Hirst on his 19th birthday.
Whatever the truth behind Hirst's exile at all levels by Wednesday - and we've only heard from one side officially (the club's) - it is difficult to imagine he would not have been involved over the past few weeks had there not been such a cosmic fall out.
An unprecedented injury crisis has left Jos Luhukay with little option but to look below the Owls' first team for reinforcements, and at least two of Hirst's development squad teammates - Jordan Thorniley and Sean Clare - will fancy their chances of staying in the Dutchman's plans from hereon in.
That Hirst is not among them is a tragedy for everyone concerned, given what his family name means to Sheffield Wednesday and what Sheffield Wednesday means to him (despite everything, a recent Instagram post showed the striker playing as the Owls on a popular computer game). And it is almost certain there is blame on both sides.
Wednesday questioned "the advice George has received from his agents and other advisors" after he failed to sign a new contract, while Carlton Palmer - a former Hillsborough teammate of Hirst's father, David - later told BBC Radio Sheffield: "The only thing that's going on there is George wants to play football, he wants to get the opportunity to play."
Palmer added: "They're signing more and more strikers, he's going down the pecking order. He's happy to stay if they let him go out on loan, but they're asking a loan fee for him which is huge and they're not prepared to pay him that in wages. You can't have it one way and the other."
If first team football is indeed what Hirst wants, there has never been a better time for him to get it at Sheffield Wednesday.
One suspects, however, that the relationship between player and club is now far beyond repair.