Rob Milsom may be surplus to requirements at Rotherham United, but manager Steve Evans remains a big fan of the released midfield man.
Milsom has played in the Premier League with Fulham and Evans said the skills of the 28-year-old made letting him go a hard decision.
“Rob Milsom was tough because he is a very, very talented player,” the Millers manager revealed.
“He could be playing at any level he wants to be. He was unfortunate in the first part of the season when he got injured.”
Injuries blighted the 28-year-old’s time with the club after he joined them on a free transfer from Aberdeen two year ago.
“We had some decisions to make because we have to be better,” added Evans, who this season guided Rotherham to Championship survival despite a three-point deduction by the Football League.
“If Rob couldn’t get in in front of who we have got at the minute then it was always going to be tough for him.”
Meanwhile, Bolton Wanderers are keen on skipper and centre-half Craig Morgan who is in discussions with the Millers over a new contract. Rotherham this week offered Morgan an improved deal and the 29-year-old said last week he is keen to stay if the terms are right.
Evans says he is happy for Morgan to take his time in making a decision.
The Millers will return to Scotland in pre-season for the third year in succession, playing three matches between July 18 and 25.
The Millers will head north of the border on Thursday July 16 before taking on Greenock Morton two days later at Cappielow Park, kick-off 3pm.
Next up is a clash with Scottish Premiership side Dundee at Dens Park on Tuesday Juy 21 (7.30pm), followed by the final game against another top-flight side, Partick Thistle, on Saturday July 25 at Firhill Road (3pm).
Evans said: “The quality of opposition is a major step up from what we have faced in previous years.”