It is not often a side that have just won the league release their most prized asset on a free transfer.
But for Notts County that has become a reality, after star goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had his contract terminated despite keeping 23 clean sheets as County took League Two by storm.
But after a difficult season off the pitch for the Magpies, Schmeichel finds himself looking for a new club this summer.
Something tells me it won’t be long before he is tied down by another, more than grateful, club.
The former Manchester City stopper has earned rave reviews at Meadow Lane this season, and Magpies boss Steve Cotterill has called for Kasper to be included in the Danish squad for the World Cup.
That would be quite a story should it happen, an unattached player playing in the competition that will grab the world in June.
Yet when you consider the background Schmeichel has had it is not a claim that should be laughed at.
As the son of legendary keeper Peter, Kasper couldn’t have learned his skills from anyone better in the business.
The rumours have already started flying about the Dane’s future. Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City have been heavily linked, and if his former City team mate returns to Eastlands, than St Andrews could be a suitable destination for Schmeichel.
The keeper has admitted that he has received offers from unnamed clubs so far, but whether that is in England or abroad is not yet quite clear.
The one thing you can guarantee with Schmeichel is that you will be signing a goalkeeper that is only going to get better.
He will be the first to admit that this season playing regular first team football will have benefited him tremendously and that Notts County will have most certainly helped his career.
Schmeichel acknowledges this- he has agreed to leave the club without chasing up the remaining wages that he is owed, to help out the cash strapped club.
And for me, that is what sets the youngster out from a lot of goalkeepers his age. For someone so young he has a mature head on his shoulders, which will hold him and his future club in good stead.
Some club, somewhere, will make a very shrewd signing this summer in this young goalkeeper.
And I for one hope I will be able to watch him in action again next season, in England.
Written By Jonathon Ogle