Goalkeeper Alan Marriott says he is upset to be leaving Mansfield Town.
The club announced on Monday that they had been unable to agree terms with the 35-year-old for next season.
Marriott told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It is a club I have built up quite an affection for, so I feel very sad and upset at having to leave.
"I felt comfortable, I felt happy and I have enjoyed all my time there. It is a wrench to leave but sometimes these things aren't always in your control."
Marriott joined the Stags in January 2009 and spent five and a half years with the club, keeping 66 clean sheets in 201 league appearances.
The former Tottenham trainee, who won promotion with Mansfield from the Conference in 2013, continued: "There were ups and downs, but probably a lot more ups than at any point in my career.
"You have to just look and say 'oh well, that's football' and you have to move on.
"When you come to 35, sometimes people make that decision for you and you have to look for life after football.
"I feel I can still play in the league. I know I can do it but, given the circumstance and age, it's whether people are going to give you another chance at this level.
"But I have prepared for after football by doing my electrician course."