Chris Hall ended his spell as Spalding United’s longest-serving player with a glowing tribute from manager Pat Rayment.
The 32-year-old midfielder – who arrived from North Ferriby United in September 2012 – turned down a fresh offer from the Tulips.
He has agreed to sign for Evo-Stik League First Division South rivals Lincoln United along with Jack McGovern, who was not offered terms to stay at Spalding.
Rayment explained Hall’s decision was purely down to work and family commitments as he wanted a club closer to home.
He said: “Chris has got a new job which will be taking him up north for work and he’s also had a second child.
“There will be a void next season when he’s not here as he has been a massive part of our success in everything we have achieved together.
“It was a big coup for the club when we signed him and Lee Canoville.
“As a club in the United Counties League at the time that was a big statement of intent from ourselves.
“We would not have got to this stage now without him and he has been a pleasure to work with.
“He travelled from home in Lincoln and never missed a training session.
“He helped the younger lads with the preparation for games but let his football do the talking on the pitch.
“Chris previously played under Nigel Clough at Burton Albion including two FA Cup ties against Manchester United when he was a winger.
“I would love to have got him at Spalding earlier and we offered him a great deal to stay here next season. That’s how much we wanted to keep him.”
Meanwhile, Rayment wants to focus on more coaching next term with “attention to detail”.
The Spalding boss has brought Danny Hussey back to the club as first-team coach, working alongside assistant-manager Marcus Ebdon and director of football Bob Don-Duncan.
Rayment said: “I decide the way I want us to play then it’s up to Marcus and Danny to set up the structure.
“There will be a lot more coaching, escpecially with the younger players.
“We have a been a little bit lax in terms of working on shape and set-pieces so we need more attention to detail.
“Other teams have been more methodical but we know we’ve got more ability in our squad which should then come through.”