Fly half Ryan Lamb was amongst the list of players confirmed by Gloucester Rugby on Friday as leaving the club this summer but Lamb told the club today that there are no hard feelings and he's looking forward to his next challenge.
Yet to officially confirm where he'll be playing his rugby next season, Lamb admitted that'll be a strange feeling when he pulls out of the Kingsholm car park for the last time.
"It'll be weird. I'm a Gloucester lad and I've been at the club for my whole career so far so it's going to take some getting used to."
"I'll genuinely miss the place, the supporters in particular. They've been great to me throughout, probably because I am a local lad, even when things haven't gone so well for me."
"But I think it is time for a change. There are absolutely no hard feelings between the club and myself or between Dean (Ryan) and myself regardless of what you read in the press."
"We sat down to talk and the club want to take things in a different direction and I can understand that. I want to keep on developing as a player and I'll be doing that elsewhere next season."
This season may have ended on a slightly disappointing note for the club but Lamb was able to look back on plenty of positive memories since his debut in the 2005-6 season.
"There are loads. One that sticks out is a game against Wasps towards the end of the season at Kingsholm when we were pushing for the playoffs."
"It was a day when Anthony (Allen), Olly (Morgan) and myself first really came onto the scene. We were losing badly at half time but really came back hard at them only to lose to a late try."
"Then, of course, there was the European Challenge Cup win that season when we defeated London Irish to take the trophy and, more recently, the EDF Energy Cup semi final win over the Ospreys. That was a great day. We weren't playing that well but we put in so much effort and got the rewards for that."
Asked what he'd miss most, Lamb didn't hesitate.
"The support that Gloucester get, it's absolutely amazing. I think a got a bit more backing than most because I was seen as one of their own and came up through the schools system and I hope that I won't get too much stick when I come back and play here for another club in the future!"
"I owe a lot to the fans for getting behind me but I wouldn't be where I am today without the Gloucester Rugby coaching staff. They've worked really hard with me over the years and helped me with things like my game management."
"And I've got to thank my family who have been really supportive as well and come to every game."
Although a new challenge beckons in his rugby career, the 22 year old product of St Peter's School hinted that he wouldn't rule out returning to Kingsholm one day.
"You can never say never. I'm a Gloucester lad and it's my home town club. Modern rugby means that players and coaches move around a lot so who knows."
"But, for now, I'm just looking forward to the next chapter."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.