Irvine played the full 90 minutes for Hull City in their 3-1 loss to Middlesborough overnight, for the whopping 13th time in 14 matches.

The only time he's been rested was against Sunderland - the most in-turmoil club in England's four professional divisions - and Hull lost that match 1-0. 

In fact, Hull only have one win in their past 12 matches. The early-season favourites for promotion are only above relegation by goal difference, which means for the second season in a row, Irvine's readying himself for a relegation dogfight. 

The Aussie has been one of the sole highlights in the Tigers' season, with only five wins and a demolition at the hands of Chelsea in the F.A Cup - a match in which Irvine impressed - spelling the beginning of a slippery slope for one of Yorkshire's biggest clubs.

To put it lightly, Hull sold their spine upon leaving the Premier League, with in-form midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Sam Clucas sold, alongside stalwart centrebacks Harry Maguire and Curtis Davies.

Then the unthinkable happened. Ryan Mason - Hull's star midfielder and former prodigious  England international - retired at 26-years-old due to a head injury. 

So where would Hull's relegation leave Irvine? Making another "stressful" off-season transfer move to a - seemingly safer - Championship club.

This means another disrupted season for the 24-year-old, trying to prove himself while still developing as a footballer, when his form suggests he deserves a first-team place at a mid-table side.

After Burton Albion and Hull, Irvine's next club could either make or break the Aussies career.