Striker Jon Parkin insists he knew last Christmas that his contract with Fleetwood Town would not be renewed.
The former Preston and Cardiff frontman was released last week as Town boss Graham Alexander undertakes a summer reshuffle ahead of the club’s League One debut.
Parkin hit 10 goals for Fleetwood last season but struggled to hold down a first- team place despite Alexander’s problems in the firepower department.
The 32-year-old striker hit out last week, claiming he should have played a greater role in Fleetwood’s promotion campaign.
And he says he knew the play-off final at Wembley would be his last appearance for the club.
Parkin said: “I didn’t play the last few games of the previous season because it would have triggered an extension of my contract.
“The club didn’t want that. They wanted to change some of the terms and they were within their rights to do that.
“Then I did my hamstring and missed the start of the season, and it was a struggle from there.
“I knew by Christmas I was probably not going to get another deal.
“It was pretty clear I wasn’t a big part of the club’s plans.”
Despite his struggles to hold down a place, Parkin made 40 appearances in all competitions last season and had a fruitful start to 2014, scoring five goals in the first seven weeks of the year.
It showed he was determined to play his part and he added: “I never let my head go down.
“Even if you think you know what’s going to happen, you’ve still got to play. I’ve never given anything but my best at any club.
“It was a good spell at the start of the year but, for whatever reason, I couldn’t keep my place in the side.”
Parkin is now looking for a new club, with a number of League Two sides understood to be chasing the services of the experienced Yorkshire-man.
He told The Gazette: “There has been some good interest. I definitely want to keep playing League football – that’s my level.
“I’m ready for the next challenge. I’ve just got to wait and see where it takes me.”
The Gazette understands Fleetwood are well on with their search to replace Parkin, talks having taken place with a striker target.
Town are playing catch-up with their summer strengthening plans, having started three weeks after their League One rivals due to the play-off campaign.