Luke Rodgers must surely rank in the top five - top three, perhaps - one-season wonders of all time for the New York Red Bulls (and MetroStars). And his contribution to RBNY should also include credit for giving Lloyd Sam the necessary encouragement to give soccer in America a try.
Back in 2012, Sam (who would go on to make 126 appearances in all competitions for RBNY - scoring 24 goals, tallying 26 assists, and contributing to the winning of the first two major trophies in club history) was on trial with the Red Bulls, explaining how he'd been persuaded to try his luck in New York:
[Luke Rodgers] was probably a key influential person in me coming, because I’ve had a couple offers back in England so I have to weigh it up. But when I spoke to him, he convinced me. He loved it out here.
Thanks, Luke. We loved you too.
Since giving RBNY one memorable season and sending the club of its more legendary players, Rodgers has moved around a lot: Lillestrom, Portsmouth, Shrewsbury Town, Hammarby, Forest Green Rovers, Sutton Coldfield. The 34-year-old doesn't have too many moves left to make in his playing career, but he's apparently determined to make as many as he can before he retires.
His latest stop is Solihull Moors, as recently-appointed head coach Liam McDonald seeks to boost a squad that is currently just about keeping itself out of relegation trouble in England's National League.
Best of luck at the new club, Luke. And thanks again for all you did for RBNY.