Kevin Davies has spoken of his disappointment after being released by Preston North End.
The veteran striker is a free agent after being told by the club that his contract would not be renewed.
Davies – who helped the club win promotion from League One and came on as a substitute in the 4-0 play-off final win at Wembley – had held talks with the club about a possible player-coach role next season.
He was under the impression that a new deal would be forthcoming and gearing up for the start of pre-season training today
However, when his contract ran out at the end of last month, the 38-year-old was informed that the club would not be able to offer him anything due to budgetary reasons.
“I feel like I’ve been waiting for the last five weeks and looking forward to going back into pre-season. Obviously now that’s not going to happen,” Davies said.
“I’ve been having conversations with the club over the last five weeks since the end of last season when we got promoted.
“They were all very positive in terms of a new deal coming. I spoke to the manager last week when he was on holiday and he reassured me that the deal was a few days away.
“The main issue I have with Preston is that everyone assumed that I would be under contract because the club retained me five weeks ago. That’s the biggest thing that’s disappointed me.
“It was a role I was excited about, playing in the Championship again and they asked me to come on board as one of the coaches to start coaching the younger players and being a mentor for them, which is something I’m really interested in doing.
“I was surprised but not shocked. Things can happen in football and obviously budgets come into the equation, but to not make me an offer was very disappointing.”