Leicester Tigers lock Louis Deacon has expressed his relief at reaching 250 games for the club after a run of injuries.
Deacon started alongside British and Irish Lions lock Geoff Parling in the 32-15 win over Worcester last Sunday.
Having missed the second-half of last season due to a shoulder injury, Deacon's memorable 250th outing for the Tigers was severely delayed, with the England lock relieved to finally reach the mark.
"I have had some unfortunate injuries recently and this has been a long time coming," Deacon told the Leicester Mercury.
"I would like to have had more than 250 and, were it not for the injuries I've picked up over the last few years, I might be well on my way to 300.
"Having said that, I might not even be playing at all because those injuries and time out of the game have probably prolonged my career. It's a good achievement and I hope there are more to come."
Looking back on his career, including making his debut aged 19 alongside England's World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson, Deacon stated that running out at Welford Road - the best stadium in the world in his opinion - as captain of Leicester, was an unparalleled experience.
"I don't remember much about my debut, other than the fact that Johnno was playing in the same side," added Deacon.
"But I do remember my Heineken Cup debut at Pau. We had been there two years before and the boys were saying that the locals were throwing rocks on the pitch, flares were going off and they had big cages around the pitch to keep the fans out. It was exactly the same for my debut.
"One of my most memorable games from a personal point of view was beating Stade Francais at home in Europe and I scored from 30 metres out.
"All I wanted to do as a young player was play for the club, and it was a dream come true to run out at Welford Road.
"Being in the changing room under the stands and to hear the stamping of feet is an awesome sound. To lead this team on to the pitch with that huge stand in front of you is a great feeling.
"For me, it's the best stadium in the world and there is nothing else like it."