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."
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.