Ethan Ebanks-Landell joined Wolverhampton Wanderers back in 2001, when he was just nine-years-old.
But letting him go after a 17-year association with the club is the most sensible thing for all parties.
Ebanks-Landell has been a loyal servant to Wolves over the years. He made his senior breakthrough in their League One season and has since racked up 51 first-team appearances.
The 6ft 2in centre-half has also spent time out on loan. He was at Bury in the 2012/13 season and more recently, he has been at Sheffield United and Milton Keynes Dons.
Unfortunately for him, it looks like League One is his level for the moment. At a push, he might get a Championship move but dropping down two divisions would be better for his career.
Wolves have enjoyed a rapid rise from lower-mid-table in the Championship to pushing for Europe in the Premier League.
The club has left Ebanks-Landell behind and he has no real future prospects at Molineux.
For the sake of his own career, the 25-year-old needs to close this chapter and seek a new adventure.
He does not even have a squad number this season and Nuno Espirito Santo is not considering him for action.
A January move would be emotional for the long-serving defender, but it is a necessary move.