They first met in the football-mad climes of England's north-east and now the paths of Liverpool FC's new signing James Milner and Brisbane Roar assistant Craig Moore are set to cross again.
The pair will reignite an old friendship when the Roar hosts the Reds in the opening game of their Australian tour on Friday, 17 July at Suncorp Stadium.
Milner and Moore were both on the playing roster at English Premier League club Newcastle United from 2005 to 2007.
At that time, Milner was a fast-emerging young talent beginning to make his mark as a strong-running winger and fine passer of the ball.
Moore, a renowned tough defender, had arrived at St James' Park after more than 100 games with Glasgow Rangers and a short stint in Germany.
Milner made 94 appearances (six goals) in the black and white while Moore, who was dogged by injury at the time, turned out for the club 31 times.
After going on loan to Aston Villa in 2005, Milner then transferred to the Villans in 2008 where he built a reputation as an attacking midfielder.
His efforts for Villa and England caught the eye of Manchester City who splashed out £26 million for his signature in 2010.
Milner, 29, struggled to get game time among City’s star-studded squad in recent seasons and moved to Anfield in the (northern) summer on a free transfer.
Although Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is yet to announce his touring squad, Moore has his fingers crossed that Milner gets the nod.
"He's a player that seems like he has been around forever I think because he was such an early starter," Moore said this week.
"From my experience working alongside James at Newcastle he is a great kid and a fantastic professional and I think that's why he has continued to remain at the very, very top and sustain such a fantastic career.
"His work ethic and professionalism is a great example for all young football players."
Despite an indifferent four years at Manchester City, Moore has no doubts Milner will be a hit at Anfield.
"Players of that calibre . . . they just fit in that's what they just do," said Moore, a former Roar captain who has returned to the club this season in a support role for new Head Coach John Aloisi.
"James Milner will fit in to Brendan Rodgers plans at Liverpool and he will be a huge success there."