Centre Mike Waywell has left Fylde rugby club and joined Sedgley Park.
The move by the England Counties’ international ends a six-year association with the Woodlands club.
Fylde said that during the summer Waywell had established a gymnasium in Liverpool as a basis for his strength and conditioning business and that given the pressures to make a success of this venture, he had been unable to commit to the extra travelling time required as part of the Fylde squad.
Coach Mark Nelson said: “Mike has made a major contribution to Fylde’s success in recent seasons including, in particular, being part of the National Two (North) championship winning squad in 2010/11.
“He has all the attributes to have a long and successful career in National or Championship rugby.
“He’ll always get a warm welcome back at the Woodlands.
“In the meantime, we all wish him well with his gym business and with Sedgley.
“The Tigers have recruited an excellent asset and in my mind confirm themselves as one of the promotion favourites in National Two (North).”
Waywell said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Fylde.
“I have just opened my own gym in Liverpool and this, combined with the travel involved in National One, would’ve it difficult for me to commit fully to playing for Fylde.
“I wish the lads the best of luck for the season.”
Fylde play their first home match of the campaign on Saturday when they host Wharfedale.