Scott Flinders has signed for League Two side York City after turning down the offer of a contract at Hartlepool United.
The 29-year-old, who captained Pools under Ronnie Moore last season, leaves Victoria Park after six years and 276 appearances for Pools - a record for the most appearances by a Pools keeper.
SportMail understands Flinders was offered reduced terms to stay at Victoria Park but he turned it down in favour of a move to League Two rivals York.
He won’t have long to wait to play Pools again, with Moore’s side making the short trip to Bootham Crescent on August 15 - the second game of the League campaign.
Moore said: “Scott performed very well for the club over a long period of time and if circumstances had been different then maybe we could have kept hold of him.
“It simply boiled down to finances unfortunately and we have to cut our cloth accordingly but Scott leaves with our very best wishes.
“He’s given this football club tremendous service and he captained the side excellently for me last season too so I wish him every success in the future.”
The writing had been on the wall after Moore’s decision to bring in Trevor Carson from Cheltenham and make him his new Number One.
Flinders moved to Pools in the summer of 2009 after spells at Barnsley, Crystal Palace and loan spells at Gillingham, Brighton and Falkirk.
In a match against Bournemouth in April 2011 the Yorkshireman became the first Pools stopper to score a Football League goal.
A club spokesman added: “Everybody at Hartlepool United would like to wish Scott the very best for his future career.”