Grimsby Town forward Michael Coulson says he has been saddened by his exit from the club.
Joint boss Rob Scott revealed last Saturday that Coulson was not in contention for their final two games as he had rejected a new deal.
"I've had a fantastic time here and had a great relationship with the fans. This isn't how I'd have liked to have left," he told BBC Radio Humberside.
"I've made a lot of friends here and it's a disappointing way to end."
He added: "It would have been nice to go out on a high as I've always given 100% whenever I've played for the club.
"The contract the club have offered me was a good one, it was a pay cut, but it would have looked after me for two years."
The former Barnsley man has admitted that he is taking a risk in becoming a free agent.
"It's horrible, hand on heart I've got nothing sorted out," he continued.
"I'm taking a big risk but I think that it's time in my career, at 24, that if I want to get back playing where I think I can then this is the chance now."
Coulson made 101 league appearances and scored 21 goals for the Mariners in his two and a half seasons at Blundell Park.