Length of contract was the issue that led to Calum Butcher quitting Dundee United for English League One.
The 24-year-old has signed a two-year deal with newly-promoted Burton Albion, managed by former Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Last month, the Tangerines offered to extend his stay at Tannadice but only by 12 months.
Although that’s prompted the midfielder’s exit, boss Jackie McNamara feels it was the right decision.
“We offered Calum another year but he was looking for two and I know there’s been interested in him,” he said.
“I understand his position but, while he did well when he played last season, he wasn’t an automatic choice and midfield is an area where we are well covered.”
Signed as a centre-half two years ago, the former Spurs kid’s first season was hit by injury and a loss of form.
And, although he made 21 appearances last term, when everyone was available he was usually on the bench.
Now he’s looking forward to a new challenge back home in England.
“It’s League One and everyone will want to impress in that division,” he said.
“It’s going to be a really exciting season and, after promotion, Burton already have a very good squad.”