Oxford City boss Mark Jones admitted releasing David Pearce was ‘a very tough decision’ to make.
The winger found himself out of favour following a change in system and departed Court Place Farm last week.
Pearce, who has already signed for Chesham United, will be remembered fondly by City fans for his impact in their historic FA Cup run to the second round proper.
The midfielder scored a crucial second equaliser against Leiston before providing valuable assists in wins over Bognor Regis Town (fourth qualifying round) and Colchester United (first round).
Pearce was a regular this season, making 32 appearances for the Hoops, including 28 starts and four substitute appearances, scoring four goals.
It was his consistency in the team that meant “it was not an easy decision to let Dave go,” gaffer Jones said.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Dave, he’s a very good player with a good attitude, and I’ve enjoyed working with him over the past seven or eight months.
“I felt that with our change of shape, playing with three up front, that he’s fighting against Matt Paterson, Sam Nombe, Ezra Forde, Zac McEachran and Rob Sinclair, I just felt that his opportunities would be limited.”
City host second-placed Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday as they chase a fourth successive league win.