Moseley legend Richard Stott insists there are no recriminations, only disappointment after the curtain dropped on his extended time with the Championship club.
Just a few weeks after breaking Moseley’s modern-day appearance record with his 284th outing in the Red and Black, the king of the airways was grounded as it became clear he was no longer part of Kevin Maggs’ plans.
That brought an end to his 12-year career at Moseley – punctuated by a brief spell at Coventry – including the record-breaking start against Bedford in mid-February.
Stott played twice more off the bench in the final two play-off games, and although he wanted to continue in 2012-13 that opportunity was not forthcoming.
“Yes it would have been nice to have stayed but I am not bitter,” Stott said.
“I like Kevin, I have got on with Kevin since he has been there and he has been honest with me.
“I’d rather that than he think ‘It’s Stotty, I’ve got to keep him’ and then not give me any rugby.
“I understand the position he is in and I don’t want to stand in the way of that.
“Every player wants the world when they come to a club so you have to respect his decision.”
That decision was to bring in second row youngsters Addison Lockley and Liam Mather from Exeter and Coventry respectively.
The appropriately-named Lockley is just 20 and comes highly recommended after representing England Under-18s and Under-19s.
Twenty-one-year-old Mather, meanwhile, is a student at Birmingham University and both are able to dedicate more time to Moseley than Stott, who also has a full-time career with West Midlands Police.
That picture is reflected across the whole squad where several long time servants have left.
These include last year’s captain Andy Reay, back rower Chevvy Pennycook, centre Callum MacBurnie, wing Mike Gillick, scrum-half Ryan De La Harpe and locks Paul Spivey and David Lyons, all of whom have been at Mose for at least a couple of years. Add to that list Colin Quigley, Dan Sanderson, Marshall Gadd who spent just a year at Billesley Common, and a picture of revolution rather than evolution emerges.
Stott claims he understands that process: “You bring in a new head coach and new ideas and the timing of it last year meant he only had limited opportunity for changes,” he said,
“This year his hands are more free and the club has to back him and enable him to do what he wants to do to move it forward.