Matt Powell will bid the Sixways supporters farewell on Saturday after calling time on his playing career.
The Worcester scrum half has decided to swap his boots for a clipboard and become part of Mike Ruddock’s backroom staff from next season.
But first he will be given a cameo off the bench in this weekend’s final match of a draining Guinness Premiership campaign as Warriors take on play-off chasing London Irish.
Having had just a four-day turnaround since Tuesday’s win at Gloucester and mindful of the European Challenge Cup semi-final against Bourgoin Saturday week, Ruddock will shuffle his team.
That will see Jonny Arr given a start at No 9 with Powell destined to come off the bench for one last time – six years since he joined from Harlequins.
But he feels his future is now best served on the other side of the white line and has been appointed skills coach and attack analyst.
“I decided a few years ago that I didn’t want to play into my late thirties, I wanted to stop when I was still playing to a decent standard of rugby rather than try carry on playing and drop down leagues,” Powell said.
“I want to be happy with my contribution and move on into a new career. I spoke to Cecil Duckworth last summer about potentially stopping at the end of this year so I have had it in my mind for a while now that it would end.
“It feels the right time. It has been a hard decision to make. I’ve been playing for 12 years and playing in the Guinness Premiership for 11 years. But I am ready for something a little different.
“I’m not one of those players who believed he was possessed with raw talent. I rely on my work ethic and working hard on my game to compensate for that.
“As we move on as a club and the Guinness Premiership gets tougher and tougher, I just think if I am to compete at this level it is going to be hard.
“There are young guys coming through and as a club moving forward I don’t think I am the answer as first choice now. If I’m not first choice I would rather contribute in other ways rather than sit on the bench or delay someone’s development, such as Jonny Arr.”
Another of those youngsters likely to be given an outing this weekend is Joey Carlisle who will come in for the injured Matthew Jones at fly half. Willie Walker will continue at full back.