Jay Bothroyd wore the red and blue stripes of Crystal Palace before a ball was kicked this season.
But he will return to Selhurst Park with Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow intent only on leaving Palace in mid-table obscurity.
Bothroyd's match-winning double to beat Hull City on Monday appears to have kickstarted Wolves' charge towards the Championship play-offs again.
After an injury-curtailed campaign, he modestly does not consider himself a certainty to start against Palace but Bothroyd has no regrets about joining Mick McCarthy's Molineux revolution within a week of the new manager taking over last July.
"Palace helped me out in pre-season when I trained with them," said Bothroyd. "Peter Taylor had just taken over, but I knew their chairman Simon Jordan through a mutual friend and he said I could go and train with them.
"I did a week with them, and scored a few goals in pre-season friendlies, but I was never going to sign. One or two clubs had offered me one-year deals. But I was waiting for a really good option, Wolves came up and I was only ever interested in coming here.
"I wanted to get out of London, get my foundations right and concentrate on my football and so far I have been made to feel at home at Wolves. But I know one or two Palace players well, like Tom Soares and Clinton Morrison and I'm sure there'll be a bit of London banter."
Four of the reasons Bothroyd settled so well at Wolves were the goals he got in his first eight games, three of them matchwinners in 1-0 victories as McCarthy's patched-up team made a surprisingly good start. He then suffered a string of niggling injuries which saw him go five months without a goal. But he sealed a place in Molineux folklore with his stunning derby winner against West Bromwich Albion last month. Although Wolves wobbled in the games that followed, he took his two chances well to help beat Hull.
"I wanted the chance to score three," said Bothroyd. "I'm always hungry for more goals, like any striker. But the manager said I looked tired.
"But, after all the injuries I've had in an up and down, frustrating season, I feel fit and sharp and raring to go and, now I'm back on track, I don't really want the season to end. Hopefully, I've made it harder for the manager to leave me out."
After a nomadic career that has already taken in Arsenal, Coventry City, Italian side Perugia, Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic, Bothroyd's time appeared up at Molineux little over a month ago after new Irish duo Andy Keogh and Stephen Ward combined to forge such a strong partnership.
But Bothroyd has forced his way back in, and he knows he owes it all to that dream goal against the Baggies.
"It was a special occasion," he said. "It will always stay in my memory as long as I play football. I knew the importance of it, them having beaten us twice before this season and not having won a derby six years and that's why I went to celebrate with the fans.
"We were mugged in that crazy game against Southampton - we got clapped off after a 6-0. Compare that to Roma getting booed off when they lost 7-1 to United the other night.
"The fans were terrific, like they have been all season, and that's why we need to keep things going right to the end." n Wolves old boy Lee Naylor is one of three Celtic players nominated for the Scottish PFA Player of the Season award.