Graham Drury says the decision to release Lawrie Dudfield from his Corby Town squad was one of the most difficult he has had to make.
But the Steelmen boss felt the former Leicester City and
Northampton Town striker simply wouldn't be able to provide enough goals to make Corby competitive in Blue Square North.
"He felt I was being disrespectful to him by telling him he wouldn't get in the team in front of the other strikers," said Drury.
"But what people have got to realise is that in non-League football, it's a bit different to what he's been used to.
"In non-League football, I get just five weeks of pre-season, see the
players twice in midweek and once on a Saturday.
"So if they don't hit the road running and don't score the goals then they don't get picked.
"His scoring record overall isn't great and I just couldn't see him
scoring the goals we need.
"Throughout pre-season he's been getting into lovely areas to finish chances but then not doing that.
"I've got to pick four strikers out of five and the lads that I've kept have been scoring more goals – and goals win games.
"You can get in the areas all day long. But if you don't put the ball in the back of the net, it's no good.
"At the end of the day, he wanted to know if would be playing football each week and I told him I couldn't guarantee him a regular start – which is the case for everyone in the squad.
"He didn't want to leave and I think he's a fantastic lad who works hard and did work hard for me when he played wide right.
"But at the end of the day, I didn't see him as a wide-right man and
neither did he.
"He saw himself as a forward and, while he would create and would work hard, I just didn't see the goals going in for me."