If Joe Worrall was not a dyed-in-the-wool Nottingham Forest supporter, the fan favourite centre-back might have already gone the same way as Matty Cash, Jamaal Lascelles, Patrick Bamford and co.
Fortunately, Garibaldi red runs through his veins and it would take something very special for Worrall to turn his back on his boyhood club, even after yet another season of disappointment at the City Ground.
The Sun (May 2, page 61) reports that West Ham United boss David Moyes is keen to raid the Championship once again in the hope that Worrall can emulate the impact made by Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson at the London Stadium.
Newly-promoted Norwich City are also interested, as are (guess who?) a Burnley side who have been on the 24-year-old’s trail since 2017.
If the former Rangers loanee was not Forest born and bred, a homegrown Hucknallite who rose through the ranks at the Nigel Doughty academy, he’d have been forgiven for walking away long ago as one of England’s sleeping giants continues to snore its way through existence.
But Worrall’s commitment has never wavered.
And there is a real hope – bordering on belief – that Worrall will be sticking around for yet another season in Nottingham Forest colours. Maybe with the captain’s armband around his bicep.