Reis Farley-Hearn has ended his two-and-a-half-year association with Halstead Town because work commitments had stopped him training.
The striker netted 40 goals in 64 league appearances for Town since joining for the 2010/11 campaign, topping their scoring charts last season with 20 goals.
Travelling from Braintree to training with Halstead was proving more and more difficult for Farley-Hearn, who is yet to find a new club.
“He’s done really well, but he’s unable to commit enough time to training,” said Halstead manager Jimmy Holder.
“We are brining a lot of young players through and he was finding it difficult that he couldn’t commit the same as they did.”
Joining Farley-Hearn out the exit door is Jordan Hutchings, who wants to take a break from senior football to link up with Earls Colne in the Essex and Suffolk Border League.
“Jordan has felt a bit tired and wanted to play in a more relaxed atmosphere,” said Holder. “He has been playing for us for five or six years and he is only 21.
“He’s been committed while he has been here and the door will always be open.”
Despite the loss of two key players, Holder remains optimistic about the future of the Rosemary Lane-based outfit, whose youth system has brought through a number of players in recent seasons, some – such as Tom Devaux – who have gone on to play in the Ryman League.
They have also signed centre-half Ricky Spriggs from Blue Square Bet South outfit Chelmsford City.
“We’ve got another batch of young players waiting to press their claims next season,” said Holder, whose side are due to host second-bottom Stowmarket Town on Saturday (3pm).