AFC Telford United manager Andy Sinton admits he is struggling in his attempt to sign Welsh winger Jon Brown.
Since finishing the season on loan at the Bucks Head, Brown has been released by parent club Southport and was due to join Telford on a more permanent deal.
But Brown, 22, has moved back to south Wales to throw up a geographical issue.
"We had something agreed at the end of the season, but we've now hit a brick wall with Jon", Telford boss Sinton told BBC Radio Shropshire.
"He was living in Liverpool during his time at Southport, but now he's moving closer to home - he's decided to move back to Cardiff.
"He didn't drive last year, which throws up a few issues, so we're waiting to see what materialises with that, but he's a good player."
Bridgend-born Brown, who started his career at Cardiff City, represented Wales and Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 levels.
He played for Wrexham in the 2008-09 season and also spent a short period last year at Bath City.