"It's not the most comfortable environment to be in,” said the former Tigers second row.
Kay lived his professional rugby life on the frontline with Leicester, England and the Lions. He played in two World Cup Finals, represented club and country with huge distinction and is among the most highly-decorated men in the history of professional rugby.
He has done everything in the game, he stands over six feet, six inches tall and carried a 17-stone frame around the rugby field, yet he maintains that Tigers can be “not the most comfortable” place.
He does add, however, that “if you're driven by success, it's exactly where you want to be”.
Those two short, sharp sentences speak volumes for what Leicester Tigers stand for in the sporting world.
Make no mistake, only the strongest survive.
But then they thrive.
There are no short-cuts, no cop-outs, no excuses. There is no opportunity to feel “comfortable” or non-committal. It is all-enveloping and demands total dedication.
And for generations now that has meant high standards, high expectation and high achievement.
The Tig is proud to follow. And, if you’re asking, very comfortable doing so, thank you very much.