Not the Sho we were expecting
It wasn't the way he probably planned it and it certainly wasn't the way Newcastle United planned it either.
But nevertheless Shola Ameobi will head to Doncaster Rovers as United's main striker at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Not only does Shola's emergence as the main man highlight that there have been no takers for one of the Toon's longest serving players, but it also underlines the frailties of Kevin Keegan's squad.
And although losing pre-season friendlies means very little at this stage of the year, defeat at Donny could deliver an almighty reality check with the new season now less than a month away.
With Alan Smith and Shola the only strikers available with senior experience, the pair look set to lead the line unless KK opts to experiment by pushing up one of his midfielders.
I guess, that's what pre-season is all about with Jonas Gutierrez still not clear to make his debut due to red tape and the Owen (mumps), Carroll (foot), Viduka (heel) and Martins (family tragedy) all off the radar, for many the lack of transfers will and already have set the alarms bells off.
Panicking of course doesn't really solve anything and by the time August 31 arrives it can leave you with egg on your face.
And no matter what your opinion is, it seems clear that United are unlikely to splash out mega money until the finances have been trimmed down at the club.
Up and coming stars who aren't asking the earth seem certain to be as good as it will get this summer, unless United really do pull a corker out the bag.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?