18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
"Winning the Heineken Cup is a magical feeling," said Vickery, who played a total of 60 games in Europe, with 41 of those coming in the game's premier club competition.
"To win silverware with guys who you work with week in, week out is a very, very special feeling.
"The Heineken Cup is always difficult but the Gloucester squad is looking reasonably strong. They haven't been blown away by anyone in the league this season.
"They've got Toulouse away in the first game which is never an easy place to go. But being back in the Heineken Cup is great for the Club.
"If you look at the Gloucester squad, they've got a lot of really exciting players and when they play to their potential they're a match for anyone, as they proved last year. They've lost a few players and they've had a few cut backs but it's up to those guys who were learning last year to step up and prove their worth."
Gloucester begin their Pool 6 campaign against four-times champions Toulouse on Sunday before hosting Harlequins the following Saturday.
Heineken Cup debutants Connacht are the other side in the group and Gloucester face the Irish outfit in a December double header, starting in Galway on December 10.