Fergus Bell has left Torquay United due to being on an "unsustainable deal", says Gulls player-boss Kevin Nicholson.
The 24-year-old ex-Mansfield midfielder joined the National League strugglers on non-contract terms last month and made six appearances in all.
"He was losing money every day just turning up, and that's no way to live for anybody," Nicholson told BBC Devon.
"He's gone off to train, earn something a bit more secure and a bit more permanent and I don't blame him."
Nicholson continued: "His attitude was bang on, but the deal that Fergus was on was unsustainable for him and I wasn't in a position where I could give him anything better."
He also confirmed that on-loan Harry Hickford will return to parent club MK Dons after Saturday's match against Grimsby.