Ross McCormack has revealed the motives behind his decision to leave Motherwell.
The young forward recently completed a move to Championship side Cardiff, turning down approaches from top flight outfits Middlesbrough and Wigan in the process.
His decision to leave came as a major blow to Well's pre-season preparations, but the Scotland international admitted that speculation surrounding manager Mark McGhee's future persuaded him that it was time to move on.
The 21-year-old holds his former boss in high regard and fully expects the former Wolves and Brighton coach to be heading for the Fir Park exit himself in the near future.
"The manager made it so difficult with what he did and said," McCormack told the Daily Record.
"He had offers in January to leave and we all know Hearts wanted him this summer so everyone at Motherwell is delighted he stayed at the club.
"But to be honest I don't know if he will be at Fir Park mush longer because he is a top class boss.
"It is only a matter of time before he moves on. He will want to move to a bigger club to progress his career, like I wanted to do.
"Who knows what will happen in years to come. Maybe in the future I might work with him again - I definitely want to because he made a big impression on me."
While admitting that he will miss working with McGhee, McCormack insists that the decision to head south of the border was not a taxing one.
"It wasn't difficult at all to head south because in Scotland you are playing teams so many times a season," he added.
"Down here I'll be playing against different teams which will be a good experience."