Last season was another Championship campaign that ended in disappointment for Barnsley as they were relegated on the final day of the season.
The Tykes are beginning to pick up a bit of a reputation as a yo-yo team, constantly flitting between the second and third tiers.
Daniel Stendel took over the managerial reigns in the summer and got off to an impressive start, quickly instilling his brand of slick attacking football on his new squad.
They have been in and around the automatic promotion places for the entirety of the campaign so far and, in a competitive promotion race, it looked like the January window could hold the key.
But a big name departure was not what the fans wanted to see.
This is FLW Rewind, where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
— Brad Potts (@bradpotts17) January 3, 2019
Midfielder Brad Potts had been excellent during the first half of the League One season, scoring six and assisting five more before the turn of the year.
But early in the winter window, he was on the move as Preston North End prised him from the grasp of the Tykes.
Unsurprisingly, the news of his departure was not particularly well received…
I’m 45, I’ve seen hundreds come and go now, and it still breaks my heart. Good luck kid……
— Neil Meynell (@neilsford) January 3, 2019
Sorry to see you go – have loved seeing you play. Good luck at Preston. Altogether now 442 with pottsy……..
— sue williams (@susietyke) January 3, 2019
Good luck 🙁
— shelly (@BurkePears) January 3, 2019
Totally gutted you're going. Us reds will miss you. Good Luck with your next chapter. X
— Natalie Lancaster (@natz1976) January 3, 2019
Understandably, there were concerns that a big name departure such as this could derail hopes of promotion but the job that Stendel and his Barnsley colleagues have done since has been thoroughly impressive.
Since Potts left, they are yet to lose a match, winning six of their seven matches to propel them into the automatic promotion places.
The likes of Alex Mowatt, Cameron McGeehan and Kenny Dougall have all stepped up their game in the centre of the park to make the Potts departure almost unnoticeable and showing that these fans had nothing to worry about.