Sydney FC's changing of the guard under Steve Corica has started to take shape with veteran David Carney, Anthony Kalik and Fabio Ferreira all departing.
Carney leaves the Sky Blues after two stints and a combined four and a half seasons, a period during which he helped the A-League side win a title and back-to-back to premierships but also struggled for consistent game time.
While not unexpected given his age, it's unclear whether or not the 34-year-old journeyman utility intends to retire, though the club said he was considering "overseas possibilities".
The man himself gave little away.
"I've given my all for the club and achieved everything that there is to achieve," Carney said.
"I feel it's the right time for me to move on to the next stage of my career ... I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead.
"I'd like to wish Steve Corica and the whole club the best for the future.
"I've played with Steve and known him a long time and I am sure he will do a fabulous job with the team."
When Carney joined from the Jets in January 2016 the former Socceroo was in the midst of a late-career revival that he soon channelled into Sydney's domestic dominance.
He played a key role off the bench in the 2016-17 grand-final win and as recently as late this season was still showing flashes of flair and fight that helped turn games in the favour of Graham Arnold's men.
But that was tempered with a frustration at limited game time, and in March there were signs of strain when he reportedly stormed out of the sheds amid displeasure over being substituted at halftime in March's loss to Brisbane Roar.
Corica described Carney as "an outstanding asset to the club".
"He will be remembered as one of Sydney FC's favourite sons ... who can forget the impact he had when he came on in the 2017 grand final?" Corica said.
"We have a strong nucleus of players to build on to continue our success next season and we will be working hard on the areas that we need to strengthen ahead of pre-season starting in July."
That nucleus will not include Kalik and Ferreira, with on-loan Kalik returning to Hajduk Split and Ferreira surplus to requirements following his three-month stint to help during the busy period straddling A-League and Asian Champions League.