Former Chester City captain Michael Branch has left the League Two club by mutual consent.
The 27-year-old leaves The Blues after failing to make a single appearance for Mark Wright's side this season.
The former Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bradford City striker has agreed a mutual termination of his Chester contract, which was due to expire at the end of the current season.
"He's a free agent now and he can sign for someone once the (January) window opens, if he wants to pursue his career," said Blues chairman Stephen Vaughan.
"From our point of view, it's something that's come to an end now and it gives us a bit of room to replace him at the first available opportunity."
With Branch moving on to pastures new, Chester have handed a trial former Rochdale striker Leighton McGivern.
The 22-year-old was one of six players to leave Spotland at the end of last season, but he will hope to kick-start his career at The Saunders Honda Stadium.