Gloucester have confirmed that loosehead prop Dan Murphy has left the club, with boss David Humphreys explaining it was a hard call to make.
The 30-year-old moved to Kingsholm from London Irish in the summer of 2011 and went on to make 98 appearances, scoring eight tries.
Murphy was a regular in the matchday squad in his first two seasons in particular, when he made 22 and 32 appearances respectively.
Humphreys explained that it was a difficult situation but that playing opportunities were going to be hard to come by this season.
"Over the past few seasons, Dan has made a big contribution to Gloucester Rugby, both on and off the pitch. His work in the community has been widely recognised and he was totally committed every time he wore a Gloucester jersey," he said.
"More recently, he's been very unfortunate with injuries and, on behalf of everyone at the club, I'd like to wish him all the best for the future."
Murphy told the club website: "I am disappointed to be moving on after five years with Gloucester, but such is the nature of professional sport. I'll especially miss running out at Kingsholm and playing in front of the incredible Gloucester supporters. They've always been terrific to me and I can't thank them enough for their support.
"I'd like to wish the boys all the best for the upcoming season. I've made some great friends at Gloucester and wish them all the best of luck in the coming season."