Conor Tinnion has dealt Workington a blow as they battle to avoid the drop after quitting the Skrill North club.
The winger blamed a lack of game time for his decision to walk away from Borough Park having started just two of Ian McDonald’s thirteen games in charge.
Cockermouth-born Tinnion, who started his career with Carlisle United, is jetting out of the country on holiday this weekend, and plans to sign for Ebac Northern League neighbours Penrith when he returns.
He said: “Hopefully, I can re-start my career with Penrith if we can get the paperwork through in time.
“I need to be playing football at the minute, and didn’t think I was going to get that under Ian.
“I have only started twice since I got injured in November so I felt I needed to and play games until the end of the season and then I’ll have a look at my future again in the summer.
“It’s frustrating because I felt I was just starting to find form before I was injured, and then I haven’t really played since. I know it’s not a great time to be leaving, and I hope Workington stay up, but I don’t think me sitting on the bench every week was doing anyone any good.”
Tinnion was beginning to start regularly under Darren Edmondson until his injury.
Edmondson left for Barrow AFC in December with and by the time he was fit again, McDonald was in charge.
McDonald insisted the door is not shut on a return, and said he didn’t want to lose Tinnion.
“I’ve been in Conor’s position as a player, and all you want to do is play football,” he added. “I didn’t want him to go, but with Ben McKenna in good form, I couldn’t make any guarantees. I’ve told Conor if he wants to come back in pre-season, then he can.”