The Cheetahs have confirmed that Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss will not be renewing his contract in Bloemfontein.
The Cheetahs' Super Rugby skipper has been linked with a move back to Bulls for some time now but reports earlier this week suggested that he may stay in the Free State after the Cheetahs increased their offer.
However, on Friday the Free State Cheetahs Board of Directors released a statement confirming that 34-Test cap hooker the will be moving on.
"Despite every effort, the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd. has regretfully been unable to come to terms with Adriaan Strauss on the renewal of his contract," read the statement.
"Initial negotiations over financial terms were met. However, other factors precluded the Free State Cheetahs from coming to an agreement with the player.
"We would like to acknowledge his tremendous service to Free State Cheetahs rugby and wish him the very best in his future endeavours."
Meanwhile, the Cheetahs have filled the void at prop following the departure of Trevor Nyakane to the Bulls by signing Leopards loosehead Bennie Uys.
The 26-year-old came through the ranks of the Leopards, making his Currie Cup debut in 2010.
Uys was part of the Southern Kings' training group prior to the 2013 Super Rugby season, but was later released.