Mansfield Town will not be pursuing signing ex-Stag Giles Coke after fellow midfielder Will Atkinson was taken off the club’s transfer list.
Coke had been back at the club training as he also sought to come back from long term injury problems.
But manager David Flitcroft revealed that fellow midfielder Will Atkinson was no longer on the transfer list after a heart-to-heart chat and that left the club unable to offer anything to Coke.
The manager said: “Giles is someone I have admired for a long time as a person and a player.
“He got a call from another League Two club who were in a position to probably do something with him.
“It was the right thing to do. He was honest with me and I was honest with him.
“He had the potential to go there and earn some money for his family.
“It coincided with me having a chat with Will Atkinson and taking him off the transfer list.
“Football always turns. I said to Will at the end of the season that if there is something better than Mansfield out there we’ll have a look at it together.
“I left the door open and after we came back we had a fantastic, very honest, open chat. He wants to be in this environment. He knows he will thrive in this environment.
“He wants to stay and I want to keep him. He is a great pro and it will be like signing a new player.”