Alex Smithies will have to watch from the sidelines for the second time as QPR play his old side tomorrow.
Even then Smithies had to juggle the move south with the birth of his first child.
One minute he was on the phone to his agent checking the move; the next, he was calling the maternity ward.
Smithies explained: “When the offer was accepted, my wife Emma had our first child. Rosie was just two days old when I had to make a decision, and it was quite difficult with the logistics to make sure it was sorted back home, and it did drag on a bit.
“As a player moving away doesn’t just affect you. Once I knew they were all right I needed to crack on.
“I always wanted to push on with my career and felt I did the right thing coming to QPR.”
Smithies appearances have been restricted to just three - one of those the ignominious exit in the Capital Cup to Carlisle.
Number one choice Robert Green has continued his fine form from last season, and worryingly for Smithies has vowed to keep going until he’s 40 at least.
The 35-year-old was between the sticks when Rs tamed the Terriers 1-0 at the end of August - one of three victories for Hoops on the road.