Phil Parkinson has told back-up goalkeeper Darren Randolph that he can leave the club in January.
The Charlton Athletic number two has been a frustrated spectator this season with Addicks manager Parkinson preferring Rob Elliot in goal.
However, just when the 22-year-old felt his chance had come after Elliot was recently ruled out for six weeks with a thigh injury Parkinson opted to sign Carl Ikeme on loan from Wolves.
Ikeme started the 3-1 defeat to Carlisle last weekend and looks set to continue in goal in Elliot's absence with Randolph looking likely to exit the club in the winter transfer window.
"I've spoken to Darren and explained the situation to him," Parkinson said.
"He's frustrated because he wants to be playing first-team football.
"We've said to Darren that if he's not pushing Rob out of the team by January then we'll look to let him go, possibly on a permanent basis."