Kidsgrove Athletic captain Anthony Malbon revealed he turned down a move to higher league Nantwich Town because he is “happy” where he is.
Nantwich gave seven days’ notice for the striker, who chose to stay at the Novus Stadium instead of joining a club chasing promotion in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
“If I’m enjoying it and I’m happy, you’ll get the best out of me,” said the 24-year-old.
“Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener.
“It’s not about money, I’m not interested in that.
“I just want to keep playing and where this club is going they’ve got big plans for it and I want to be a part of that.
“If you speak to people around the club and they tell you what they want to do with it, I think a lot of players would be attracted by that.”
And Malbon added that he spoke to Kidsgrove manager Peter Ward about his decision.
“I think he was a little bit worried! But I told him he didn’t have anything to worry about as I wasn’t interested.
“If I was, I’d have gone up to him straight away and said I want to speak to them [Nantwich].
“I’m enjoying it here, it’s a good club and I love playing for the gaffer.
“It’s as simple as that and I was never going to go anywhere.”
The former Derby County youth player scored his 33rd goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Rugby Town.
“I’m more bothered about us getting three points rather than scoring,” he added.
“In the last few games, I have scored but we haven’t got a result and I don’t like that.”
Kidsgrove dropped one place to 15th in Evo-Stik First Division South following, 11 points off the play-offs but with games in hand over clubs above them.
They play sixth-placed Chasetown at home on Wednesday night (February 24).