Dai Young hopes his Wasps side sign off from Adams Park in style against Castres Olympique on Sunday when the curtain comes down on their 12-year stay in Buckinghamshire.

The European Champions Cup tie marks the end of the club’s stay in High Wycombe, with the black and golds having taken the decision to relocate to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Wasps did the business against their French opponents last Sunday – a 32-17 win that puts them back in the frame to qualify from Pool Two - and Director of Rugby Young is keen to ensure his team provide a fitting farewell to Adams Park on Sunday.

“It would be nice to sign off from Adams Park with a great performance and a great win. Certainly we’ll be thanking all the supporters for everything that they’ve done over the years.

“We’re hoping that it’s not a goodbye to the supporters; we’re hoping that a lot of them will come with us.”

In total, Wasps claimed four Premiership titles, two Heineken Cups and the Anglo Welsh Cup during their stay in Bucks, but made the decision to move to the 32,000 seat stadium amidst a backdrop of financial uncertainty.

The club’s decision to uproot and move 80 miles away has not been met with unanimous approval from the fan base, but Young says it’s a decision that simply had to be made.

“The most important thing in all of this is that Wasps are still about in ten years time, and, quite simply, that wouldn’t have been the case (had the club stayed at Adams Park). It’s been made pretty clear.

“We’ve done a number of fans forums and I don’t think it could be explained any better to them. Initially there was a bit of negativity about it, but when it has been explained to the supporters they understand that it was move or die. I don’t think your ardent supporter wanted Wasps not to be about, so it was that or nothing.”

A bumper crowd will see Wasps begin their stay in Coventry, with over 22,700 tickets having already been sold ahead of their match against London Irish on December 21.

That attendance will dwarf the average gate of the club’s home matches at Adams Park, and Young sees the move acting as a springboard for reclaiming a place the top table of both English and European rugby. “Even in the days when we were winning things we weren’t filling the place. If we were filling the place on a regular basis and financially the model was sound it would be a different story, but unfortunately that isn’t the case.

“To compete with the best in this game you need to have the financial resources to do that, and at this moment in time we’re relying on the generosity of one gentleman which isn’t ideal. Going to the Ricoh will give us the sustainability to punch it out with some of the big guys.”