Port Vale defender Chris Robertson says that the club told him he was free to go out on loan for "financial reasons".
The 28-year-old made 45 appearances in all competitions for Vale last season, but last Saturday he made only his second league start so far this term.
He told BBC Radio Stoke: "It was nothing to do with me being a bad egg, because I'm totally professional.
"I was called by the chairman and he told me that it's purely financial and it would be best if I go on loan."
|Port Vale defender Chris Robertson|
|"I just want to defend. That's what I'm paid to do."|
Robertson's recall to the starting XI last Saturday, his first appearance for Vale for more than two months, ended with a 1-0 win over Rochdale and only their second clean sheet of the season.
"It's not something I've really experienced in my career before," added Robertson, who said former Vale boss Micky Adams - now in charge at Tranmere - was among those to express an interest in taking him on loan.
"I was called during the first week after Rob Page was named as interim manager. He explained to me that I was part of his plans, as long as he is here.
"Then a week later, he started signing centre-halves and loan players. I didn't really know what was going on.
"I just want to defend. That's what I'm paid to do. If he wants to use me again, I'm available at the moment."
Port Vale, who currently lie 12th in League One, face sixth-placed Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK on Saturday.