A major changing of the guard is upon the A-League, with captains from Australia's four biggest clubs calling time on their careers.
Stoic Brisbane Roar leader Matt McKay announced his retirement on Thursday, joining Carl Valeri, Alex Brosque and Mark Bridge.
Given Brendon Santalab and, most likely, A-League games record holder Andrew Durante will join them, the competition is losing an incredible haul of experience.
The five confirmed major retirees share 1116 games, 227 goals, eight A-League championships and at least a dozen other trophies.
Bridge, Brosque and McKay are foundation A-League players, the latter two playing together at Queensland Roar on the opening weekend of the competition in 2005.
Like his fellow retirees, McKay's career pre-dates the competition.
"Even before the Roar came in, the Brisbane Strikers were competing with the Roar for the license," he said.
"I remember the Strikers keeping me on, the league had disbanded. I was pulling beers ... just to stay involved.
"That's 14 years ago. I owe a lot to the Roar. They gave me an opportunity and I'm incredibly grateful and I hope I've repaid them."
Never before has the A-League undergone such a transition.
Five years ago, the departures or retirements of Harry Kewell, Brett Emerton, Alessandro Del Piero, Mile Sterjovski, Jacob Burns and Michael Bridges - among others - left a major hole.
But the class of 2014 were mostly players that spent the majority of their careers elsewhere.
The class of 2019 have been bona fide A-League heroes.
Valeri has played in three grand finals in his five seasons at Victory, captaining their success last season.
No man has tallied more goals for Sydney FC than Brosque, who has six trophies from his 10 seasons in Sky Blue.
Both leaders could add to their haul of silverware in next month's finals series.
As could Santalab, Western Sydney's all-time leading scorer, currently enjoying a final flurry under Asian Champions League-winning mentor Tony Popovic.
Bridge, another member of that storied Wanderers 2014 team, has won trophies at Newcastle, Sydney FC and Western Sydney - where he took the armband last season.
And yet McKay's contribution might just top them all.
The one-club hero was a mainstay of two doubles for Brisbane, under Ange Postecoglou and Mike Mulvey, repeating his heroics in midfield for Postecoglou's Asian Cup triumph in 2015.
"Over the last 14 years I've played with some incredible players," McKay said.
"I've had some great coaches ... John Kosmina gave me my first start in football. It was away to Perth Glory back in 2002 so it's been a while.
"When Ange came in he changed everything for me personally, my family and for Brisbane Roar as well."
Australian Associated Press