Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder says striker David Moyo "would not have got a run in the side", after he was released by the Cobblers.
Moyo, 20, was let go after just five appearances this term and has joined Conference North side Brackley Town.
He found himself behind Emile Sinclair, John-Joe O'Toole, Ivan Toney and Marc Richards in the Cobblers pecking order.
Wilder said: "I was always going to bring numbers down. If players prove you wrong, that's great for them."
Moyo, who only started three Northampton games, was already on loan at Brackley's St James' Park when his contract was terminated.
"There's going to be a ridiculous amount of players at the end of the season that are going to be without clubs and David does need to play football," said Wilder.
"For him to be hanging around, being a substitute or not being in the squad isn't the right thing for him."
Wilder added that every manager will have released a player who goes on to impress elsewhere, and hopes they can pick up players from Premier League and Championship clubs in the future.
"Players develop at different times and you try to back your judgement with the players you bring in and players you let go.
"We want there to be a pathway for them to come through. I've spoken to the chairman about a development squad, but obviously that depends on a lot of things - getting our training ground right, getting the recruitment right and other parts to make us a whole club.
"We need a permanent training ground, which I know the chairman is extremely keen on."
As well as having the former Cobblers striker in their ranks, Brackley have also been bolstered by the signing of former 43-year-old former Chelsea and Leicester defender Frank Sinclair.