Scotland international Greig Laidlaw feels the time was right for his end of season switch from Edinburgh to Gloucester.
The 28-year-old, who can play in either half-back position, joins the Premiership side come the conclusion of the current PRO12 campaign.
And the Scotland regular, signed primarily as Nigel Davies' pivot, admits he felt the clock ticking in his nation's capital.
"My contract was up and I am 28. If I stay until I'm 31 I would struggle to go anywhere else. The time was right," he told the Gloucester Citizen.
"But the deal has been done for a while and I knew before the Six Nations what was going to happen so I have not had 'that weight' on my shoulders. I was delighted to secure my future with Gloucester but my only focus is to play well for Scotland this weekend.
"Coaching was in my thought process. It is dangerous as a player if you want to get into coaching if you are in the one set-up the whole of your career. It is great to see how people do things.
"The Premiership is a great competition and I think I can learn a lot as a player and, looking further down the track, I do have aspirations to coach later in my career. To be involved in different set-ups can only help.
"I felt that the time was right to take on a new challenge."
In the meantime, Laidlaw's focus remains on Scotland: Scott Johnson's men travel to Cardiff looking to finish a disappointing Six Nations campaign with victory over an embattled Wales side on Saturday.
The half-back says he relishes the Millenium Stadium atmosphere, and the chance to put last week's sickening 19-17 loss to France behind him.
"It [the Millennium Stadium] is a great place to play rugby, one of the best stadia in the world, and, personally, I just want to go down there to avenge the French defeat," added Laidlaw.