When Jackson Irvine accepted his third and final award at Burton Albion's end-of-season dinner in May, it was clear to see how genuinely honoured he felt to be in such a position.
In the space of a single season at the Pirelli Stadium, the Australian international had well and truly endeared himself to his teammates and fans alike.
Hence him picking up the players' and supporters' player-of-the-year awards, as well as the prize for being the season's top scorer.
Irvine's speech - and each of his 49 appearances in a Burton shirt either side of that speech - showed that the feelings were very much mutual.
The reason for the 24-year-old's move to Albion's Championship rivals Hull City, in a club-record deal for the Brewers, is exactly because of what he did for Nigel Clough's men last season.
There would have been some pressure on Irvine when he arrived at the Pirelli Stadium to become the most expensive player in Burton's history - until the arrival of former Ross County teammate Liam Boyce this summer.
Any pressure that may have come with the pricetag, though, never showed. From the moment he powered home a fine header in the 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday last August, Irvine's value to the team was clear.
Signed after impressing as a defensive midfielder for County, the ex-Celtic youngster was quickly transformed into a threatening box-to-box player, using his strength and timing in the tackle to break up attacks at one end before providing an unerring eye in front of goal at the other.
It was in the air that he impressed early on in the opposition penalty area, diving in to help secure a point against Blackburn Rovers before powering home the decisive header in the historic victory over Derby County.
That goal alone would have been enough to earn his name a spot in the Burton Albion history books.
Other moments down the line made sure of that. Representing Australia in crucial World Cup qualifiers while Brewers supporters watched on from the other side of the world to see 'one of their own' mixing it on the international stage.
Sending a sumptuous volley home in a crucial 1-1 draw at Hillsborough. Racing up alongside Marvin Sordell to slide home the 95th-minute winner at Huddersfield Town, sparking unforgettable celebrations on the pitch, in the John Smith's Stadium away end and on an Albion bench that barely knew what to do with itself.
That was one thing that typifies the Brewers - those celebrations. Passion, togetherness. Irvine wholeheartedly bought into that mindset.
Even when he was being singled out as Albion's key man, or reportedly being offered six-figure sums a week to move to the Chinese Super League, or sweeping the board at Albion's awards night, that remained.
One of the Brewers' two most outstanding players from last term - alongside John Brayford - was, first and foremost, focused on the team.
Even in his final league game as a Burton Albion player, he was showing that desire across the park that typified the Australian's energetic, breathless displays.
With Albion level at 1-1 against Birmingham City and still looking to secure their first win of the campaign, it was Irvine who tracked back to make a well-timed sliding challenge with teammate Matt Palmer under pressure and heading back towards his own goal.
Within seconds, Lloyd Dyer was powering home the winning goal. Irvine did not take long to make an impact at the Pirelli Stadium, and Albion would have been keen to ensure that impact was a long-lasting one.
He was offered an improved contract back in January. That was still not signed by the time he and his Burton teammates had finished upsetting the odds and secured the club's Championship status for another season in May.
That only added to the summer speculation that the Socceroo - currently in Japan as he aims to help Australia qualify for next summer's World Cup finals - may be set for a move away from the Pirelli, but he repeatedly reiterated his focus on things with Albion until something more concrete came along.
Numerous Championship clubs - as well as Premier League Swansea City - were linked with Irvine - and unsurprisingly so given the quality he showed in a side battling to avoid relegation last term.
But it is Hull City - a team against whom Irvine bagged a stunning goal and was sent off for Burton earlier in the month - who provided that more concrete interest and have secured a three-year deal for the 24-year-old as they boost their midfield ranks ahead of a push for promotion back to the Premier League.
Hull have lost Tom Huddlestone and Sam Clucas this summer, and the arrival of Irvine at the KCOM Stadium will strengthen both the creative and defensive sides of that midfield.
The move to a side likely to challenge for promotion seems a natural one for the ex-Ross County man, given his determination to play in the Premier League.
It is the next step on what looks set to be an exciting career. Burton Albion have played a huge role in that - and they will be reunited with Irvine in April when Hull arrive at the Pirelli. He is sure to get a more than warm welcome from the home fans.