Peter Beagrie has revealed he left Scunthorpe United because he was unable to put enough time into playing and coaching at the club.
The veteran winger was hoping to stay at Glanford Park on a part-time contract because of media commitments but the club wanted him to stay on as a player-coach.
After long discussions, it was decided that the 40-year-old should leave the club to pursue his career in the media, although the former Bradford City man has not ruled out continuing playing.
Beagrie is saddened to be leaving The Iron after five seasons with the club but concedes it is the right decision to move on.
"It's probably the right time. I need a fresh challenge whether it be with the media or whether it be with another football club," said Beagrie.
"I can't put the amount of time in that the club demands as far as a player and coaching is concerned.
"I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the club. I had a fantastic time here and I had a great response from the fans."
Meanwhile, former Scunthorpe keeper Tommy Evans is to partake in a trial period with Conference side York City.
The 29-year-old was released by the League One outfit at the end of last season after over 250 appearances for the club.