Danny Graham ended up at Sunderland, rather than Newcastle, and boy did he regret that.
But I think we were lucky to avoid him.
He's now at Boro and he is hoping to spark a new career.
Graham made his debut for Boro back in October 2004, coming off the bench at Manchester United.
His last for the club was a late leveller in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Charlton back in February 2005.
But as Graham - who first joined the club as a 19-year-old and is now back on loan from Premier League club Sunderland - stooped to head home, he took a boot full in the face and was sparked out.
Danny Graham: “I was knocked out cold so I don’t remember too much about it.
“Hopefully for my next Boro goal I will be more alert and have a chance to celebrate rather than being laid out on the deck.
"We had Mark Viduka, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Yakubu, Massimo Maccarone and Malcolm Christie.
“So I left. It was the right thing for me to do. I went and learned my trade.
“I’m a better player now and I’m hoping to show Boro fans that as soon as possible.
“I’ve got time to make up after what has been the most frustrating year of my career.
“I wasn’t getting starts at Hull and I’m not a player happy to sit on the bench and pick up money, I want to play.
“I want to score goals. Boro offered me that chance and I’ve jumped at it.
“I’m a bit rusty maybe. I played last week in the cup but that was my first start since Boxing Day.
“But I’m fit and hungry for it so hopefully it won’t be long before I am showing what I can do.”