Gloucester Rugby have confirmed that Freddie Burns will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 23 year old fly half could not come to an agreement with the club over a new contract. It's believed he will now go to Leicester.
Director of Rugby Nigel Davies said "A number of players are out of contract at the end of the season, and I've been pleased to date with those who have re-signed, including the likes of Sione Kalamafoni, Henry Trinder and Billy Twelvetrees.
"Attention has naturally turned to Freddie Burns' situation and, despite lengthy dialogue, we have decided to part company."
Gloucester Rugby Club are in desperate need of some festive cheer. A so far disastrous Premiership campaign has seen the Cherry and Whites lose seven of the nine games played.
In fact, they've only won once at home and it's placed the whole squad and director of rugby Nigel Davies under huge pressure to record a victory on Sunday against the league's basement club, Worcester.
Former Head Coach of Gloucester Rugby Dean Ryan has been appointed as the new Director of Rugby at Worcester Warriors following the departure of Head Coach Richard Hill.
Ryan spent four successful years at Gloucester and will begin his role as following the final game of the season.
The 46-year-old was part of the Scotland coaching team during this season's Six Nations, where he helped to steer the side to back-to-back victories for the first time in 12 years and, with it, their highest finish for seven years.
During his playing days as a number eight, Ryan won four England caps and enjoyed spells at Saracens, Wasps, Newcastle and Bristol.
In rugby tonight, Gloucester's hopes of reaching the Premiership play-offs suffered a setback as they lost at Sale.
The Cherry and Whites would have moved above Northampton and Harlequins into third place with a victory. But they only had three penalties from Freddie Burns to show for their night's work as they lost by 32 points to nine.