Lancaster City have been rocked by the news that striker Jordan Connerton has left the club to move to Australia.
The former Crewe Alexandra forward returned to Giant Axe in November from Kendal Town but shocked the club on Saturday by informing them of his intentions before flying Down Under on Tuesday.
It is a move that has left Dolly Blues head coach Darren Peacock frustrated as he was unable to bring in another striker before the Evo-Stik First Division North transfer deadline last Thursday.
He said: “Jordan knocked on my door after the Bamber Bridge game and told me he was going to Australia and then went yesterday.
“To be honest, I’m disappointed but not surprised. It was a total shock to us all. We didn’t have an inkling.
“The deadline has gone so I can’t get anyone else in so the timing isn’t great.
“I don’t know for sure but I thought these things took time and that you needed international clearance and visas and things like that.
“He could have come to me on the quiet and said he was thinking of going.”
Connerton holds the Dolly Blues record for most goals in a season, netting 38 in the 2009-2010 season which saw him secure a move to Crewe.
He struggled with injuries however and after nearly rejoining City in the summer of 2012 he spent a season with Workington Reds before joining Kendal last summer.