Joe Cardle has left National League high-flyers AFC Fylde to return to Scotland where his family lives.
The 31-year-old signed for the Coasters in the summer from Dunfermline Athletic having played in Scotland for ten years.
He made 17 appearances and scored two goals for Dave Challinor’s side with his last coming against Leyton Orient last Saturday.
Challinor explained: “Joe has found the last month really difficult from an ‘off-field’ perspective with his personal circumstances as his wife and young family still live up in Scotland. Their plan was to relocate but this, unfortunately, hasn’t materialised.
“I had a good chat with him and as a club, we have reluctantly agreed to go our separate ways to allow him to move back North of the border to be with his family.
“He goes with our best wishes and a personal thanks from myself and all of the squad. He’ll be missed by everyone but it’s important he does what is best for him at this time.”