South African Franco Smith will leave his position as head coach of Italian outfit Treviso at the end of the upcoming campaign.
The 41-year-old, who played for the club from 2002 to 2005 before taking over the reins after Craig Green's exit, decided to announce his departure early in order to give Treviso adequate time to find a suitable replacement.
"I have thought about it great deal and I have prayed. I will not renew the contract with Benetton. The 2013/14 season will be my last in Treviso. Treviso, players and fans, will always be in my heart," he said.
"It is not a sudden decision, but certainly very difficult. I also wanted to take it now and let people know in time so that we can settle our children and better be able to organise our lives when we return to South Africa."
Smith believes that the knowledge that this will be his final campaign in Italy will serve as an additional driving force.
"I will be even more motivated," he asserted. "In my last year I would like to put the icing on the cake, I'll be much more determined. After six years of good rugby I'd love to continue and conclude the same way. There is no doubt that we will succeed."