It had an air of predictably about it but, finally, Ronnie O'Sullivan is back.
The world champion has returned.
After taking the limelight throughout the summer in a painfully drawn out 'will he or won't he' saga, O'Sullivan has signed the World Snooker contract and has entered both the new International Trophy event in China and the UK Championship.
It is a major breakthrough with many people suggesting his stubbornness over negotiating different terms to the rest of the players on the circuit may lengthen his absence from the sport.
I had faith all along that he would sign the contract in time for the UK Championship, and so it has been proved.
Why is he back? Has Barry Hearn budged on his stance that Ronnie would have to sign the exact same contract as the rest of the players? I doubt it very much. The snooker supremo is as tough as nails and takes no prisoners when it comes to business.
But neither do I blame O'Sullivan for attempting to get a better deal for the extra promotional work he does above and beyond any other professional player.
He does more to promote the game than anyone. He's the poster boy for every tournament and the kingpin the game often hangs around. O'Sullivan finds the packed snooker schedule more difficult than most and I think Hearn should go a little easier on him and appreciate that actually by playing in events he is doing his best promotional.
When in full flow, he fills venues and brings new fans to the sport. He defines box office.
He has every right to ask for more but it appears it won't come at the price of playing the game altogether.
I'm not surprised by O'Sullivan's choice to finally sign up. He hasn't played competitive snooker since winning his fourth world title in May but he warned us he would take a break, and that's exactly what he's done.
Maybe Ronnie has realised he still loves playing and isn't ready to turn his back on it yet.
His triumph at the Crucible proved he is still the best and, more importantly, still capable of winning titles.
It's fantastic to see Ronnie returning to the baize. There is no denying that snooker is far greater with him than without him. He is still the most entertaining player to watch and gives tournaments an added buzz that no-one else can replicate.
Ronnie, it's great to have you back.