Nicky Weaver will always look back on his times with Wednesday as an ambition fulfilled.
It gave the keeper the chance to play for the club he has always supported.
He would have liked to stay until he hung up his gloves but accepts that he must move on - with fond memories.
“I knew I would be leaving,” says the 34-year-old who did not play for the first team this season, “and I got a letter the other day confirming they wouldn’t be renewing my contract.
“I’d like to have stayed for the rest of my career; coming on loan in 2005 was fantastic; even if I’d never played for the club after that, it would have been a dream ticked off.
“To come back here (in 2010) for three years has been great, though last season I didn’t get to play.
“I’ve no regrets about anything. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, initially under Alan Irvine - a big thank-you to him for bringing me to the club, and to Andy Rhodes (goalkeeping coach), who was a big influence on me coming in. I got on well with Gary Megson and enjoyed working with him. Since Dave Jones came in, things for me didn’t pan out as planned, but that’s no fault of his. It was just the way the siuation was at the time.”
Weaver, who initially lost his place to Stephen Bywater because of injury, also thanked physio Paul Smith and the medical staff: “They have been first class, and the fans have been brilliant with me.”