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."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.