Ghana midfielder Samuel Darpoh has explained what led to his release from AmaZulu as the club continues to assess former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Hendrick Ekstein.
The Durban-based side terminated Darpoh's contract after over five years spent with the club.
"It wasn't really my option to terminate," Darpoh tells KickOff.
"Although I struggled for game-time last season, I did my best by working hard at training and showed true professionalism and everything.
"I think you can't really do much or say much when you are not in the coach's plans. He is the boss, and he decides what happens. It wasn't me but rather the club that decided this from the coach's side because I was obviously not in the coach's plans, so we had to come to that agreement.
"It wouldn't have helped staying when I was obviously not in the coach's plans or a favourite for him. The club came up with the offer, and I had to take it. I didn't play last season because of injury for the first seven games, and when Benni took over I gained my fitness and thought that maybe I would play, but then the team was doing well, Darpoh added.
"The previous owners of the club were contacted. I had a contract with AmaZulu, so I wasn't able to hold talks with any club outside. It was up to the management to decide because it was them who had contact with those people. I don't know what then happened, but it seems it just didn't work out in the end."
Meanwhile, Ekstein is being assessed by the club as he looks to return to the domestic scene this season after two years in Azerbaijan with Sabah FK and FK Sabail.