Ian Humphreys admits he would still be an Ulster player had he not been dropped for the Heineken Cup final.
The fly-half kicked off his new career at London Irish at the weekend following his summer move to England.
It was the start of a new chapter for the 30-year-old, who revealed he felt compelled to leave his beloved home province after missing out on the biggest game in Ulster's history.
After 81 appearances and 617 points, leaving Ravenhill was not on the cards for the younger brother of Ulster legend David, but the pain of missing out on the Twickenham showpiece hurt.
“Had I not been dropped for the semi-final and the final then I probably would not have moved but when the opportunity came around, the timing was perfect,” said Humphreys, who is set to form a new half-back partnership with Tomas O’Leary.
“I spoke with the (Ulster) management at the time about being dropped. What was said is personal but I certainly raised the issue.
“Then (London Irish director of rugby) Brian Smith spoke to my agent and asked if I would be interested and I said yes.”