Toulouse veteran Jean Bouilhou has signed a two-year contract with second tier Pau after rejecting an offer to become a member of the Top 14 giants' coaching staff.
The back row forward, who despite his club success was capped just twice by France a decade ago, is believed to have been annoyed that the club chiefs wanted him to take a large salary cut, stop playing and assume an unspecified coaching role.
The 34-year-old, who came through the youth system at Pau, joined Toulouse in 1999 and was a member of the sides that won three Heineken Cups and four Top 14 titles.
Bouilhou, who joins a Pau side that narrowly lost out on promotion to the top tier after losing in the play-off final to Brive, is the third member of Toulouse's golden generation to leave the club since they bowed out in the Top 14 semi-finals.
Veteran centre Yannick Jauzion, who has yet to decide whether he will play for another club, and prop Jean-Baptiste Poux, who signed for Top 14 rivals Bordeaux-Begles, also brought the curtain down on their spectacular spells at Toulouse.