As Mario Melchiot heads off into the sunset following Birmingham City's relegation, he says he can leave St Andrew's with his head held high.
The Holland international was a revelation last season after his arrival from Chelsea but his form has fluctuated this season.
A knee injury hampered Melchiot but he ran the gauntlet from supporters during the home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in mid-March.
Nevertheless, he paid tribute to the away support at the Reebok Stadium that afforded him a generous reception after the match. "I am not going to lie about it," he said.
"I won't be here next season. The facts are clear. I have always been looking at the club's future but now there comes a time when I have to look at the future of Mario Melchiot.
"But I will always respect the club and always keep an eye out for them. I enjoyed every Saturday when I walked out and I was always proud to wear that shirt.
"I enjoyed playing at St Andrew's as the fans really got to me and made me feel at home right to the very last game. The reaction when I walked up to them today gave me goose-bumps. That's why I played here.
"Now I will look at the situation and see what is the next move for me.
"I had a good conversation last summer and I told them my wishes and I said 'I will give you guys an opportunity to turn things around'. So I could make a decision in the winter. That came and I stayed relaxed even though we weren't in a good situation.
"I was never in a situation where I wanted to leave this club and I think when you sign a deal you have to commit to it. I signed for two years for this club and I am able to walk away with my head held high, as I have finished my deal and I have given 100 per cent."
But Melchiot says he will treasure his relationship with Birmingham supporters despite their tiff two months ago. He is adamant it made him a stronger character.
"People sometimes remind me of what happened to me against Tottenham," he said. "Those are moments that happen and that is good they mention it, as these are people who are hungry for success." ..SUPL: