Ryan Toulson admits he’s disappointed to be leaving FC Halifax Town after the departures of him and club captain Danny Lowe were announced this week.
Toulson’s exit ends an association with the club stretching back more than a decade over two spells.
Toulson joined Town as a 15-year-old and spent three years as an apprentice before signing as a professional when he was 19.
He left in the club in 2008 when they were demoted but returned under Neil Aspin in 2011, helping Town reach the Conference Premier.
He said: “I’m disappointed, I never wanted to leave the club, it’s my home, but it’s one of those things that’s arisen through my injury.
“I spoke to the gaffer and from his side it’s a hard one. I did well but then I was out of the side so it’s a difficult situation for him.
“He explained to me he wanted me to go back for pre-season training and prove my fitness but I can’t afford to do that, I’ve got a family to look after.”
Toulson says he’s had a memorable second spell with Halifax, who he reckons could be in for another tilt at the play-offs next term.
He said: “It’s been successful. Obviously in my first season we just missed out then we got promotion in my second season and this year has been another success.
“I did play a part in that so I’ve had three great years.
“The gaffer wants what’s best for the club and credit to him and his staff where he’s taken the club.
“There’s a lot of talent in the squad. Sitting on the sidelines watching was difficult but we played some brilliant football.
“If the gaffer can keep the nucleus of the squad and make a couple of additions then there’s no reason why they can’t do it again or go that one step further.”
Toulson has a couple of options for where he will go next and says he’s on track to be fit for pre-season.
The full-back said he was touched by the response of the Town fans to his departure, and didn’t rule out a return to the club in the future.
He added: “As soon as I put that on (Twitter) the messages started flooding in and I really appreciate those.
“I’d like to thank the fans for their support and, you never know, one day I might end up back there again.
“But the fans have been brilliant.”