Cape Town - Saracens announced on Wednesday that Springbok veteran Schalk Burger would be leaving the club at the end of the 2019 season.
With Burger now 35-years-old, it did not come as much of a surprise, but the tributes that have poured in from those in and around the English club show just how valued he was since joining in 2017.
"I'm going to leave Saracens a happy man. I've made great friends here and that’s pretty much the standout feature," he said.
"The way we go about enjoying rugby, enjoying spending time together, the trips I've had with the team and we’ve won a couple of trophies since I've been here too so I have a lot of great memories.
"In rugby you go through phases where you play well and don’t play well, but at the end of the day that's the by-product. What you care about is the quality of the human and the quality of time we've spent together as a club."
In a tribute posted on the club's Youtube page, some of the club's current players shared their views on Burger.
You can hear what they had to say here: