London Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan insisted he did not try to stand in Josh Lewsey's way after the former England international announced he would be retiring from rugby at the end of the season.
Wasps confirmed today that 32-year-old back Lewsey, who won 55 international caps, would quit at the end of the season and McGeechan revealed it had come up when the pair were discussing contracts for next year.
"Josh has got planned what he wants to do and we wish him well," McGeechan said after today's 12-6 victory over Newcastle.
"There aren't many English backs who will go home with the silverware he's collected, with World Cups, 10 trophies with Wasps and a Lions tour.
"He's been hugely significant in English rugby and the same at the club."
Lewsey hopes to bow out with a place on this summer's Lions trip to South Africa and McGeechan, manager of the touring side, insisted that his retirement decision will not affect his chances of being selected.
"I've told him he's got to be playing well first and foremost. I have to look at all the pluses in the squad we want, the mix and how that fits in so there's a bit of sorting still to be done in that respect."
England's preparations for the Autumn International series were potentially dealt a further blow as Maro Itoje was forced to undergo an x-ray after Saracens' European victory over Scarlets on Saturday night.