Connacht and Ireland lock Quinn Roux looks set to leave these shores at the end of the season with Toulon his most likely destination.
The South African-born lock has spent seven years with The Westerners, but now looks set for a new challenge in the south of France with the three-time Champions Cup winners.
Connacht head coach Andy Friend had been keen to retain the 30-year-old's services as he has been a key figure in the province's rise over the past five years or more.
The move is likely to end Roux's international career as well, with the last of his 16 caps coming against Scotland last year.
Connacht fans are unlikely to get the chance to see him in the province's jersey again as he is unlikely to return from a shoulder injury before the end of the season.
“I think that’s a reality, everyone knows that. We don’t have the budget that some others do,” Friend commented.
“At the end of the day there was an offer made and respectfully Quinn’s made a decision too. That’s just life, that’s rugby. He is at a different stage of his career.
“He has given an enormous amount to this province, he leaves with our blessing and respect. We’d love to keep him, of course we would, but at the end of the day people make decisions.
“If we threw more money at him would he stay? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that.
"But I can tell you it was a lengthy process that we went through and the decision was made at the end.”
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