It was a transfer that was not universally popular within Monaghan, but Jack McCarron’s move to Scotstown has worked out well for both parties.
Leaving Junior club Currin to join the club where his father is a legend drew a lot of attention and criticism, and put the forward under the microscope.
A six-point haul in his first senior county final, Scotstown’s eighth win in 11 years, was vindication enough.
Helping them to a first Ulster title since 1989 would end the argument.
The lure of lining out for the club of his grandfather and his father Ray, who was part of a legendary Scotstown team in the 1970s and 80s, proved irresistible for the current Monaghan forward.
While Currin objected, their objection went nowhere as the move was permissible under the county’s by-laws, and, if they beat defending Derry and Ulster champions Glen on Sunday, McCarron will join a select group.