According to Yorkshire Live, Rolando Aarons was waiting at Huddersfield’s training ground expecting his Deadline Day move to be announced, only for the Championship club to run out of time.
Huddersfield were talking to the Magpies about a deal for the ex-Bristol City man for a number of days, but were waiting until Karlan Grant’s move to West Brom was confirmed before moving forward with the deal.
The 24-year-old travelled to Yorkshire to complete his move, but Huddersfield failed to submit the relevant paperwork to the EFL on time before the deal ultimately collapsed – Aarons then travelled back to Tyneside.
It represents a heartbreaking moment for the Jamaican-born forward, whose career has seriously stagnated at St James’ Park.
After bursting onto the scene under Alan Pardew, Aarons has struggled to kick on.
He spent time on loan with Motherwell and Wycombe Wanderers last season, scoring just three goals and setting up two more in all competitions.
The attacker was on a list published by The Northern Echo which showed seven players who Steve Bruce wanted to offload in the window. They were Yoshinori Muto, DeAndre Yedlin, Jacob Murphy, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet and Dan Barlaser, as well as Aarons of course.
Sadly for both Bruce and Aarons, the unfruitful marriage will continue until at least January.
One redeeming factor, according to Yorkshire Live, is that Huddersfield are likely to revisit the deal in January.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that the former England youth player will most likely be sitting on the sidelines until the winter window arrives.