Socceroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic received a hero's farewell from the KRC Genk faithful after announcing his departure from the Belgian club over the weekend.
The 35-year-old is set to return home to reunite with his pregnant wife Kristy and assess his options ahead of next season.
In response to the news, the club's passionate fans gathered outside of his residence with a powerful display of banners and flares.
Vukovic made over 100 league appearances in Belgium since moving from Sydney FC in 2017 and was named player of the season after his first year at the club.
In 2019, the shot-stopper played an instrumental role as the club won the Pro League title and Super Cup.
He also overcame some serious hurdles during his time at the club, recovering from a serious Achilles tendon injury and a bout with COVID-19.
Vukovic fought back tears as he shared a heartfelt message to announce his departure:
"This is gonna be a difficult video for me to do for you today," he shared. "Today I'm informing you all that I'm leaving the club, effective immediately.
"As most of you are aware, my wife is pregnant and in Australia. It's something that I've been thinking about for some time now and come to the decision that I think is best for my family, and that's for me to be back there to support them.
"It's not an easy decision to make - the last few days have been very difficult for me. The realization that I'm leaving and ending a beautiful four years at this amazing club has been very difficult for me and I still think will be difficult for some time.
"I'm sorry to be leaving the club before the end of the season, but I need to thank KRC Genk for the support that they've shown me and allowing me to leave at this point in time.
"It's been an amazing four years, we've shared in some amazing moments together, and I say together as the supporters have always been involved. I think you've seen how much I appreciate you guys when I'm playing out there and some of the best moments that I've had here, have always included you guys.
"I want to thank you all for the support that you've shown me and my family from the moment I got here, it's been amazing. This has been our home and we miss this place everyone here and especially you supporters.
"I'm leaving the club today, no longer a KRC Genk player, but I feel like I'm a Genkie for life and I hope you guys feel the same.
"So for me it's a see you later, it's not a goodbye.
"I'll be back at some point in the future to see everyone and see how the club is going. But until then, please stay safe. Look after yourselves and your families, keep supporting this wonderful club, and hopefully we achieve something special this season."