Former English Premier League defender Andy Todd has cut ties with A-League strugglers Perth Glory in order to pursue playing opportunities in England.
Todd, who was Perth's most valuable player last season, was granted a release from the final two months of his contract on Thursday.
The 36-year-old was keen to stay in Perth but Glory deputy chairman Lui Giuliani claimed the long lay-off between the end of this season and the start of the 2011/12 campaign meant the club couldn't commit to a new deal.
"Unfortunately because of the possible eight month lay-off we are not ready to finalise our squad," Giuliani said.
"Andy is a club champion, a first-class professional and we understand his desire to find a new club while the transfer window is still open.
"We wish Andy all the very best and haven't ruled out the possibility of offering him a new deal in later in the year."
Todd's departure plus the suspension of fellow centre back Jamie Harnwell has left the Glory with a threadbare defence for Sunday's clash with Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.
Former Socceroo Chris Coyne (Achilles tendon) has already been ruled out for the rest of the season, while matters are complicated in regards to out-of-favour defender Jamie Coyne, who is unlikely to be recalled given that one more appearance will trigger a clause in his contract guaranteeing him another year at the club.
Scott Neville, Josh Mitchell, Brent Griffiths and Josh Risdon are all set to come into consideration to fill the central defensive posts, while Naum Sekulovski is a chance to return from a knee injury at left back.
Glory could be without Harnwell for more than one game should the A-League match review panel hand him an extended suspension for his swinging elbow that made contact to the side of the face of Central Coast's Matt Simon.
Midfielder Adriano Pellegrino will also miss the trip to New Zealand after being red carded in Perth's 2-1 loss to Central Coast on Wednesday night, a decision that left Glory coach Ian Ferguson fuming.
Pellegrino was given his marching orders by referee Jarred Gilett deep into stoppage time after picking up his second yellow card of the match for bringing down former teammate Michael Baird.
"I think a bit of common sense (should prevail) with 30 seconds to go," Ferguson said.
"I'm not going to waste my time talking about referees, I'm sick and tired of doing it.
"I think someone should give him a red card.
"It's a massive blow losing two of our players (in Harnwell and Pellegrino)."