Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has given a clear indication that George Chuter is unlikely to be playing at Welford Road next season.
Cockerill has recently signed Neil Briggs from London Welsh to give his side three hookers - Tom Youngs and Rob Hawkins the other two - currently under the age of 30 going into the 2013/14 Aviva Premiership season.
That move meant the likelihood of Chuter, 36, playing on at the club next term had diminished, with Cockerill finding time to praise the veteran.
"George has been fantastic for us," he told the Leicester Mercury.
"He came to the club at a time when there were lots of hookers here and he had to fight for his spot.
"The amount of games he has played in the Premiership speaks volumes for his robustness and his character.
"He has been a fantastic player who has played for England and in Premiership-winning sides.
"For a guy who does not seem overly competitive on the outside, he is a very strong character. If he moves on and, at this point, the likelihood is that he probably won't stay, we will miss him.
"He has been a fantastic character within the squad and a fantastic player. But there comes a point in everyone's career, when it is best to move on or do other things.
"Whatever happens, George will be dealt with properly and if he wants to continue playing, we will help him do that. But, at this point, it won't be with us."