Gloucester have on Thursday confirmed that club stalwart Peter Buxton has left the Premiership outfit after thirteen years as a player and manager.
Buxton joined Gloucester from Newport in 2002 as one of Nigel Melville's first signings, and quickly earned a reputation as one of the most durable, committed and determined players anywhere in the country.
2007/08 saw him share captaincy duties with Marco Bortolami, and he celebrated his testimonial season in 2011/12 as he passed 250 competitive appearances for the club.
He moved to Bristol briefly in the summer of 2013 but returned to Kingsholm after only a few weeks to take on the role of Senior Academy Manager when it suddenly became available.
However, after two seasons in the role, and with Neil McCarthy now in post as Head of Academy, Buxton leaves Gloucester to pursue other opportunities.
CEO Stephen Vaughan paid tribute to the impact that Buxton has made in his time at the club.
"I've only known Bucko for a relatively short period of time, but everyone is aware of the sterling service he's given the club over the years. As a player he put his body on the line for the team so many times and will rightly go down as a Gloucester great," he said.
"He's made the transition from player to coach with success for the past two seasons, but now feels the time is right to pursue other opportunities and we wish him every success in that."
Meanwhile, Buxton admitted that it's tough to leave a club that he has so much affection for.
"I can safely say that I've loved every minute of my time at Gloucester. I've played alongside some great players, worked with some great coaches as well as making friends for life. And, of course, I played in front of the best supporters in the game," he said.
"It's been great to see the standard of the Academy players and local talent pool improve year on year.
"The club will always have a place in my heart and it's not easy to leave. But the time is right for me to look at doing other things which is something I'm very much looking forward to."