When it comes to transfers, Irish footballers are, officially, on a downward curve.
Of the six current or former senior internationals who have already moved clubs this summer, three have dropped down a division in England and one (Wes Hoolahan) swapped Australia's top flight for England's fourth tier.
And still, members of Stephen Kenny's squad are in demand . . . just not with the right clubs.
Midweek reports have strongly linked Shane Duffy with a move to Celtic, at least on loan, while Newcastle United are best placed to sign Jeff Hendrick from Burnley - that interest in June from AC Milan and Roma appearing to cool as the summer dragged on.
Hendrick and Duffy have a lot in common: established players at Premier League and international level, they're also the same age (28) and will be key figures for Stephen Kenny for the foreseeable future.
They are also facing into a decision which could be career-defining. Wherever they choose to go this summer, it can't just be the next move, it has to be right move, for the sake of their careers and for the immediate future of the Irish team.
You can still be playing at the age of 38, as Hoolahan will do for Cambridge United next season. But the decisions you make at 28 are the ones that count. A wrong turn now, the wrong move to the wrong club, could derail a once-promising career.
Darren Randolph has done well financially from his January move to West Ham; football-wise, he has regressed due to lack of activity. And if he starts next season on the bench there, that will worry Stephen Kenny.
The career of Aiden McGeady, one of the biggest earners at Sunderland where he wasn't wanted, never recovered from his move to Everton six years ago.
Duffy has three years left on his contract at Brighton, so financially he's secure, but his path there appears to be blocked, just 12 Premier League starts last season.
And in signing three new defenders already during this window, Graham Potter is making a statement about how he sees his defensive unit for next season. Duffy's face does not appear to fit.
West Ham and West Brom are said to be keen on a permanent deal, and the sale of Duffy would allow Brighton to make a decent profit on a player who cost them £4m.
The Celtic link is more complicated, as reports suggest that it would be a one-year loan deal - Celtic simply unable to meet his wage demands on their own.
Duffy is a regular at Parkhead in a spectator capacity and a stint there would have a big appeal - under normal circumstances.
But 2020 is not normal. It's impossible to predict when crowds will be allowed back there and the initial draw of playing in front of 60,000 fans at Parkhead fades when it's actually Ross County behind closed doors.
Europe would be an attraction for Duffy, but Celtic now have a pandemic to battle through as well as four rounds of qualifiers to make the group stages. And given their sluggish and interrupted start to the SPL season, few would bet on them making it to the group phase.
A move to West Ham or West Brom would see Duffy face a relegation battle, a year at Celtic without the Champions League would really hold him back: a hard choice, but an important one.
As he's a free agent, Hendrick can choose his own path, and it appears the road will take him to St James's Park. Newcastle United FC has been drowning in chaos and self doubt for some time, the future of the club uncertain as long as Mike Ashley holds the reins. If boardroom turmoil seeps into the team, Hendrick could find himself in the crossfire. And St James' Park has previously been a graveyard for Irish talent. Damien Duff was close to Hendrick's age (27) when he left Chelsea for Newcastle. It was a terrible move.
"I wanted to give it a real go, but I went to Newcastle and had a disaster," Duff recalled. Stephen Carr admitted that his time at Newcastle was a "failure".
Hendrick needs a club that is stable and has ambition: Newcastle are deficient in both, and it's a pity that the once-mooted move to the continent appears unlikely for Hendrick.
The pandemic-related uncertainty over the Nations League games next month is an unwanted headache for Kenny and what he does not need is key men like Duffy and Hendrick taking wrong turns.