Midfielder Michael Tonge has admitted his future seems to lie away from Stoke City.
The 27-year-old has failed to make an impression since being signed from Sheffield United following Stoke's promotion to the Premier League in 2008.
Tonge has made just 14 appearances for the Potters and has not featured in a Premier League game since February 2009 having gone on loan to Preston and Derby last season.
He finished last season with 19 starts for Derby, scoring twice, and is eager to continue playing regular first-team football.
And although he is back with Stoke for pre-season training, Tonge accepts he is unlikely to find that at the Britannia Stadium.
"I am in a bit of a strange situation but I'll be at Stoke getting fit for the new season and will speak to the manager," he told The Sentinel.
"I'd like to be playing again this season, but it looks as though it might be elsewhere.
"I am not complaining about that, just being realistic.
"I'm certainly not sulking about my situation.
"From my point of view, I want to get fit for the new season and see what happens."