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."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.