Experienced defender Nick Fenton has left Morecambe due to the impending Globe Arena budget cuts.
Both parties were keen for the out of contract centre half to stay with the Shrimps but boss Jim Bentley admitted there simply weren’t the funds available to extend the 33-year-old’s stay in the resort.
And with Fenton out for the rest of the season with a calf injury, the club have agreed to pay up his contract early so he can better use his time training to become a physio.
Bentley said: “He wanted to stay at the club, we wanted him to stay at the club, but he’ll be leaving.
“It’s disappointing and that wobbles you. He’s a big figure in the dressing room. He’s the type of player that people look up to and I put the news to them that he’s leaving on Thursday. It’s sad to see.
“He’s injured so he’s travelling over to get treatment when he’s not going to play again this season.
“He’s just qualified as a physio so it gives him more hours to look at doing that.
“He’ll still be here for the final games of the season and the end of season do to say his goodbyes.
“I’ve known him since I was at Manchester City. I’ve got every trust in him but we’re just not in a position to keep him.”
The Morecambe boss conceded Fenton may not be the only high-profile departure as he attempts to trim his wage budget for the third summer in a row.
Bentley said: “Unfortunately that’s the way it is and there might be one or two more.
“Whatever will be, will be and we’ll battle on and make sure we’ve got a competitive squad that are fit, strong and organised to go again next season.
“It’s important everyone sticks together.”