Departing Gainsborough Trinity striker Dominic Knowles has said he had his reasons for keeping quiet over his recent trial at Burton Albion.
The Blues' top goalscorer was axed by Northolme boss Steve Housham after he learned the former Burnley youngster had been training with the Football League club.
Housham felt that Knowles had not been honest with him, but the striker who has netted 10 goals this season, believes he was justified in not revealing the truth about his trial.
"I did have my reasons for not telling them about the trial, but I do not want go into them," said Knowles.
"I enjoyed my time at Gainsborough. I appreciated the opportunity to play some football.
"I was on a non-contract basis at Gainsborough, and if they felt stronger they could have offered me a contract earlier.
"The lads at the club have been great and it is a shame that it has had to end this way."
While supporters may be shocked over the 21-year-old's surprise departure, Housham insisted he must have honesty at the Northolme.
"This is one of those circumstances where a little bit of honesty might have seen him stay at Gainsborough," said Housham.
"I know he was travelling a long way to come to training at Gainsborough (from Blackburn), but I also discovered the lad has been on trial at Burton Albion when I understood him to be at work.
"He should have told me about that. I would rather players are up front and honest with me.
"I would never stand in the way of any player if he had the chance to progress, to move on, especially if it is a Football League club.
"But he has done very well for us while he's been here. He has scored some goals and I personally wish him all the best in the future."
While disappointed at the exit of Knowles, Housham has been able to beef up his midfield ahead of Saturday's FA Trophy clash against
Tamworth, with the signing of Tyrone Thompson.
The Blues boss was forced into the transfer market following last week's 1-1 draw with Solihull Moors when he lost both Mark Wilson and Jonathan D'Laryea to injury
Neither will be able to play any part this weekend, with D'Laryea expected to be out for a month.