It was inevitable, we all knew that sooner or later Adam Le Fondre would sign for a club that wasn't Bolton Wanderers - but that doesn't stop it from hurting.
A pattern is certainly emerging at the Macron Stadium: the Whites will bring in a player on loan who is down in the dumps at his current side, we will give him confidence and time on the pitch and then he will play well.
A lot of the time very well.
Career rejuvenated, interests are suddenly aroused from clubs with a bigger pull and a bigger wallet, and then they never return. Leaving us, the supporters, who had foolishly fallen in love with said player, to clutch at the empty feeling in the pit of our hearts.
It happened with my beloved Lukas Jutkiewicz, and although this doesn't hurt quite as much as that, it's happened again this time with Alfie.
The deadly striker came in on loan last season, and his haul of 8 goals in 17 appearances propelled us to safety.
Now he has signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season long loan.
It's a great signing for the Midlands club (a bit more Southern than we were expecting ALF to end up), with him, Benick Afobe and Nouha Dicko, they now have one of the deadliest frontlines in the Championship, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if they got promoted as a result.
Bolton, although the feelings from both parties seemed to point towards wanting a reunion, were never in the race for Le Fondre. The club simply do not have the funds to afford him. It's a very sad state of affairs, but one as a fanbase and a community that we have to get used to and carry on regardless.
With the season only a mere few days away, lets no longer get hung up on the finances and concentrate all our energy where it matters - in supporting the players that are here.
To Adam, I'm sure you'll join me in wishing him the best of luck in his newest venture and thanking him for the effort, quality and passion he displayed in his brief time with us.