The former Wales and British Lions scrum-half confirmed yesterday that he is to leave the Sharks this summer and take up a new challenge with Championship side Bristol.
The 32-year-old has signed a two year deal with the West Country side and will bow out from Sale in May.
Peel has been in sparkling form this season and his departure will be keenly felt by Sale whom he joined from Llanelli in the summer of 2008.
And as he revealed the factors behind his decision, Peel admitted he would be leaving Sale with a heavy heart.
"It has been a very tough decision to make, purely because I have loved all of my time here," said Peel.
"I've spent six years here and in that time I have met some brilliant people and its been great.
"My family have settled in the North West and I've loved my time so from that point of view it was very difficult.
"The memories I have made here will stay with me. There have been good years and hard years - I've seen the highs and the lows.
"I will miss the guys and miss the club as there are some great characters within Sale both with the playing staff, the coaching staff and the support staff.
"There were a lot of factors I weighed up in making the decision. The geography and the fact that Bristol isn't far from Wales wasn't the be all and end all in my decision but everything helps.
"I spoke to Bristol head coach Andy Robinson and I was very impressed with their plans and ambitions. They know where they want to go and I just thought it would be good to be a part of it.
"I felt at this stage of my career at 32 it would be a good challenge for me and that's basically what swung it.
"Long term I would like to go into the coaching side of the game. First and foremost I want to play for the next two or three years.
"Given the rugby I'm playing at the minute hopefully I can continue to play for as long as I can but ultimately coaching is what I want to do and there will be a chance to do a bit there."
Now that his future is determined, Peel - who 76 caps for Wales and three for the Lions - wants to sign off his time in Manchester on a high by helping Sale achieve success in both the Premiership and the Amlin Cup where they are closing in on a quarter-final place.
"Hopefully we can finish the season well as that's the biggest thing for me now," Peel added.
"We're in a good position in the Amlin Cup and in a decent position in the league with all the big teams having to come to our ground so hopefully we can make it an exciting end to the season for everyone.
"I really want to go out on a high. The team's playing well and I've been happy with my form so hopefully we can get some success.
"I've been lucky enough to play alongside a special group of people, especially over these past two or three years.
"We've really built up a good bunch of boys and I've made some friends for life as the group of lads here now are top drawer and I'll leave here with a lot more happy memories than bad that's for sure."
Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond admitted he was sorry to see Peel leave but paid tribute to the scrum-half's huge influence - both on and off the field,
"Peely has been instrumental for us ever since I arrived back as director of rugby in 2011," said Diamond. "He has hardly missed a game but an opportunity has arisen which he talked with me about three or four weeks ago.
"We made him a very good offer but he has taken the chance to go to Bristol, who are an up and coming side, and where its closer to his home roots and his family.
"I know he'll play his best for us all the way through to May and we wish him well. He's a world class player and an ultimate professional.
"He's always been supportive even in the dark hours of 18 months ago so we'll miss him."