Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood assessed losing Callum Kealy to National League side Sutton United and admitted: We couldn’t stand in his way.
The Australian dual-signed with the U’s at the back end of last week.
Losing the striker comes as a blow to Worthing, who are hoping lift the Isthmian League Premier Division title.
They are two points clear at the top of the table, but Hinshelwood felt he could not deny the forward the chance to test himself at a higher level.
Kealy attracted the attention of Sutton having netted seven goals in 23 appearances for Worthing this season.
And Hinshelwood sees no reason why the Aussie cannot make the step up and prove himself in the National League.
“What a great move that is for the boy,” he said.
“It’s all for that opportunity to train full-time as a footballer.”