Stockport County midfielder Glenn Rule has had his contract at Edgeley Park cancelled by mutual consent.
He has not started a game for the Hatters since January 2016 after struggling to recover his form and fitness.
The 26-year-old signed for an undisclosed fee when he joined from Airbus in June 2015 under previous manager Neil Young. He made an instant impact, scoring what proved to be the Goal of the Season at Nuneaton.
Unfortunately, his season was then disrupted by a lengthy suspension and he struggled to recover his form and fitness.
Manager Jim Gannon said: “Glenn has been very unfortunate, but he needs time to work on his fitness. He is a player of great quality and hopefully he can use this time to good effect and get back to the standards we know he can achieve. Everyone at the club wishes him well for the future.”
Glenn said: “My time at Stockport County hasn’t worked out as we’d both wanted and today we’ve mutually agreed to part ways. County is a fantastic club, with amazing fans who I’ve always got on with. We enjoyed some real highlights together, but not as many as I wanted.
“I’d like to place on record my thanks and best wishes to Jim, the squad and the board for the rest of this season. I’m now looking onwards to the next challenge in my career and proving my ability again at the highest level possible. Once a Hatter, always a Hatter.”
The former Chester, Colwyn Bay and Stalybridge man is now free to find a new club.
Meanwhile, Rochdale’s James Hooper has returned to Spotland after his one-month loan spell was curtailed due to illness. Jim Gannon said: “We’re very sorry to lose James, he has been a real credit to Rochdale and we are only sorry that we haven’t been able to see more of him during his brief loan spell.”
James made three appearances for the Hatters, including a winning debut at Chorley last month.