Derby County midfielder Shaun Barker has conveyed his feelings after being told his contract will not be renewed.
The 32-year-old took to Twitter to explain he had hoped he would get one last shot at proving himself at the club.
Barker, who lists himself on his profile still as the Derby club captain, has not played a single Championship game this season.
The centre-back has though recovered from a torn knee ligament, and has played in two under-21 games since returning to fitness.
Barker was keen to admit he still dreams of a return to the iPro Stadium with another Championship club, to say goodbye properly to Rams fans.
Here is a look at what he had to say on Twitter...
After 6 years at the club, 4 of those years as the captain + the last 3 years recovering from a horrendous injury, my time at DCFC is over!— Shaun Barker (@barks5) May 6, 2015
I've been hoping that I'd get the opportunity to prove I'm capable of playing at this level but unfortunately that's not the case— Shaun Barker (@barks5) May 6, 2015
I'd like to thanks all of those that have supported me throughout my time here and that kept the faith I'd return to playing football again— Shaun Barker (@barks5) May 6, 2015
I've met some great people at DCFC since my arrival including players, staff and fans. I wish u all the best for the future.— Shaun Barker (@barks5) May 6, 2015
I've been ready to step up to 1st team football for a few weeks now and with a pre season under my belt The Championship is my target.— Shaun Barker (@barks5) May 6, 2015
You never know maybe I'll get a proper send off playing at the Ipro next season! ;) Thanks everyone and good luck. Barks. X— Shaun Barker (@barks5) May 6, 2015
Barker has been at Derby since 2009 when he signed from Blackpool, previously playing for Rotherham United.
Injuries restricted him to only 105 appearances in six seasons, in which he scored six goals.
With Derby likely to be battling for promotion next season again and competition for places intense, a fresh start may be the best solution for Barker to play regularly, as tough as it may be for him.