Is it the beginning of the end for Michael Owen or the start of a new beginning?
Michael Owen's complex Newcastle United career has never been short of twists and turns in a script that has always left Toon fans wondering exactly how much he wants to play for the Magpies.
But the fact is that the latest decision means he will have honoured his contract by the time he makes a decision in May whether his time on Tyneside will be extended, certainly it looks like there is little or no chance he will leave in January as was widely predicted.
In an ideal world the ink would be dry on the three year deal that was offered last week and Owen would be looking at finishing his career at St James's Park.
Yet any Geordie knows that life in Toonland is never ideal.
It would be wrong to question Owen's commitment, with the club still up for sale and no guarantees over who will be in charge or which division the Magpies will be in next term - surely it is crystal clear why the little striker is waiting a little bit longer?
Would anybody else in the same position take such a risk?
Owen has always scored goals when he has been fit and available to the team.
A broken foot, smashed knee and hernia problem are all just part of a bad luck story when it comes to the player's fitness - no player can be blamed for such injuries.
Owen's international situation has hardly helped him when it comes to the latest delay.
At the end of the day he is an ambitious player who joined the club from the mighty Real Madrid on the back of a dream that Newcastle were trying to get into the top four of the Premier League.
Now Owen is no longer in the England squad let alone the team - it's not what it said in the brochure back in August 2005.
Yet there is a slight suggestion things are looking up.
Under Kinnear the side have stabilised their position and suddenly the Mags are looking up.
But what will make Owen stay?
A decent finish for starters while the FA Cup and how far Newcastle get in it will also be a factor.
Plus Owen will test the water by seeing how serious the current regime are about the future by which players come in during the January transfer window.
IS IT A CASE OF OWE YES OR OWE NO WHEN IT COMES TO MICHAEL'S FUTURE?