Former Hartlepool United winger Andy Monkhouse felt he was worthy of a new deal at Victoria Park.
The 33-year-old was told his eight-year stay at Pools was over by boss Colin Cooper last week, despite playing 41 times last season.
Monkhouse was an old head in a young dressing room, which endured an inconsistent campaign in Sky Bet League Two that nearly ended in relegation after a dismal run of results late on.
The former Rotherham midfielder believes he still had plenty to offer Cooper next season, but the Pools boss sees no room for him in his plans.
"It's not great, I would have liked to have stayed, but the manager wanted to go in a different direction and bring more players in so I have had to leave," Monkhouse told Press Association Sport.
"I have been there for nearly eight years and played 40 games a season so I thought I would have been worth a new deal, but that's not the case.
"He wanted to go in a different direction and financially for the club it was better if I went.
"I've been there for a long, long time but I know things come to an end and I have to use it as a positive and move on to a new chapter."
After originally joining on loan in 2006, the Leeds-born winger went on to make over 300 appearances for the club, scoring 52 goals.
And despite his time ending with a nervy fight for Football League survival, the veteran leaves with happy memories.
"When I went there we got promoted to League One under Danny Wilson, which was brilliant," he added.
"Then we had five or six years in that division playing some massive clubs like Southampton, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, so I had some really good times.
"I am just a little bit disappointed with the way it has ended, but I will move on and I would definitely say there are more high points than low points from my time there.
"At one point last season we were on form to hit the play-offs, but the problem with having younger players is that the inconsistency means it's tough for them.
"Towards the end we had six or seven under-20s in the side and it was difficult, I think it took its toll."