Sam Slocombe has told the Scunthorpe Telegraph that he did not turn down a new deal to extend his stay with United into an eighth season and he only received a verbal offer of a new deal.
The 26-year-old has left United following the club announcing their retained list earlier this week.
“It wasn’t a case of me rejecting a new deal. At no point have I said ‘I’m not signing for the club’, so it’s disappointing for me to see people saying ‘he’s walked away’ or ‘he chose not to stay’.
“We had conversations in January regards a new deal. We spoke about money, but not about length or anything and we left it at that.
“After that I got injured and I was asked to make a decision in a few days. I couldn’t decide my future at that point, knowing the club had brought another goalie in on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Slocombe hinted that the wages offered by the club were a stumbling block and also suggested that he felt he would not get a proper chance under Mark Robins after the arrival of Luke Daniels in January.
Sam leaves the Iron who are currently being backed in at around 28/1 to win League One next year with bookies such as Paddy Power.
“I know you can’t make demands, you have to work for things. The gaffer didn’t say to me that I wasn’t going to play, but in football you do get feelings and, rightly or wrongly, I didn’t feel I was going to get a chance to play.
“We asked for the offer in writing but it was only ever a conversation. In football that doesn’t really come with a lot.
“If I was the manager and I’d signed a goalkeeper on a two-year deal, I would be thinking he was going to be my number one.
“If you want two number ones to fight it out, you have to pay two number one wages. If you don’t and you want to strengthen your squad elsewhere, you look for a number two and save some money.
“It’s sad to leave – because you want to be playing for and representing your home town club. But as a footballer you want to be playing football, so some time or another you’re going to have to move on and accept that is how football is.”
United’s Chief executive officer Jim Rodwell told the Telegraph: “Sam was offered a contract by Mark prior to getting injured and while he was injured he reiterated that he wanted him to stay to give some security at what must have been a difficult time.
“Sam wanted to take his time but time was not a luxury the club had”