Carl Stewart has performed a u-turn on his decision to commit to Tadcaster Albion and opened a bidding war for his signature.
Stewart was part of Albion's NCEL title-winning squad last season and had told boss Billy Miller of his intention to report to pre-season training.
But he sparked a hurried response from the club on Thursday after announcing he was leaving on social media.
He said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Tadcaster Albion for everything over the last few years, I’ve had a lot of unbelievable times and met some quality lads.
“Also I’d like to thank the TSC (Tadcaster Supporters Club), best fans in non-league football.
"Get behind the lads in the Evo-Stik and go smash it.”
The announcement ends a three-year stint at the i2i Sports Stadium which saw the striker score more than 30 goals.
His final season was dogged by a knee injury but he returned at the end of the campaign to help fire Tad to the title.
The proven striker was also involved in the Brewers' record FA Vase run of 2013/14 under former boss Paul Marshall.
Stewart is likely to attract the attentions of NCEL sides Selby Town and Pickering Town, where Marshall now works.