Jake Hyde said he was not prepared to wait any longer for a Football League club to come calling after pledging his immediate future to Woking.
The 29-year-old former York City and Barnet striker was happy to put pen to paper on the deal offered to him at the start of the summer by boss Alan Dowson.
And after attracting interest from various clubs he felt ready to commit to helping spearhead Woking’s attack in their return to the National League, at Dagenham & Redbridge, on August 3.
“Dowse and I have been speaking all summer and he knew the situation I was in,” said Hyde, who signed last Friday (June 28).
“There were a few other options and I needed to weigh them up. Dowse knew that at the start.
“I said to him if there was a club in the same league then I would stay at Woking because I’ve loved it here and it’s the club for me. But football can be a brutal business and you have to get it right.”