Luke Murphy has explained why he left Leeds United for Bolton Wanderers.
Murphy departed Elland Road last summer, moving to the Macron Stadium after terminating his contract with the Whites.
Murphy joined Leeds in 2013, playing 111 times for the club.
However, he twice went on loan to Burton Albion, making a total of 61 appearances.
And he has explained that Leeds were ready to sign another player to replace him and that he was subsequently keen to leave for Bolton.
He told The Bolton News: “The season prior to leaving, I went out on loan twice and with one year left on my contract, they were looking in other directions and looking to bring in people from abroad.
“We ended on good terms and it was fine as I had the chance to come to another big club in Bolton.”
Murphy has landed on his feet with his move to Bolton.
The 29-year-old stayed in the Championship and, while has yet to truly make his mark at the club, he has been playing recently.
Murphy featured for 45 minutes against Birmingham City and also played the entire 90 minutes against Norwich City last time out, in a 4-0 loss.
He has handled his departure with genuine grace and good humour, and his exit is totally understandable.
Murphy remains an experienced Championship campaigner and has made a total of 168 appearances in the second-tier – he will remain an asset to Bolton in future weeks and months.