Andrew Sheridan will leave Sale at the end of this season, moving to France where he will ply his trade for Toulon in the Top 14.
The 32 year-old, who was forced to return from the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand last year with a shoulder injury, has not featured in the Aviva Premiership since April 2010.
Even so, Sale director of sport Steve Diamond seemed downcast when speaking to the Manchester Evening News this morning.
"Sheri's going to move to Toulon this summer,” he said. "He's been a loyal member of the club but he feels that he's best suited for the next two or three years to try his hand by playing over in France."
"His words to me when he told me were that he was glad he's been here while I've been here. Obviously, I will be sad to see him go because he's been here at the club for such a long time but, equally, I guess you then have to look at the pros and the cons.
"You have to consider what he brings to the club. You also have to look at his England status, his injury status. There's a lot to take into account."
Sheridan has been with Sale since arriving from relegated Bristol in 2003. Though he has also won 40 caps for England, as well as touring both New Zealand and South Africa with the British and Irish Lions, it appears as though his time in international rugby is now over.