IAN Craney admitted the prospect of League One football was too good to turn down.
The 26-year-old had signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Stanley in January following his return to the club but left the FES for a second time on Monday to sign up for Huddersfield Town in a deal which it is believed could rise to £200,000.
"I first heard about it on Sunday," said Craney.
"I got a call to go and see Coley and I didn’t know what it was about. He said that the chairman had accepted a bid for me - I was wondering from who - and then he said it was Huddersfield.
"The gaffer did not want to sell me but his hands were tied and he said I could go and speak to them.
"I spoke to my agent and then went to Huddersfield on Monday. I went to the ground, was shown around the stadium, shown the training ground, passed a medical and that was it - I was impressed and I signed a three-year deal.
"I wasn’t looking to move. I had signed a new Accrington deal and I was really looking forward to this season. I wanted to have a good season myself and push Accrington into the play-offs and that was my only thought.
"I hadn’t looked to move away but the lure of playing at a higher level was too much. And they have sold around 15,000 season tickets which is a huge crowd to play in front of every week. It was too good a move to turn down."
Craney joined Stanley from Altrincham in 2004 for £17,500 before earning a big money move to Swansea for £150,000 in 2007 after playing a huge part in helping the Reds return to the Football League along with fellow Terrier Gary Roberts.
However, it didn’t work out at Swansea following a change of manager and he came back to the Reds initially on loan before a record £85,000 switch in January.
While admitting he never quite hit top form for the Reds in all his games, his performances against Wolves and Port Vale in the last two matches - where he scored two goals - were enough to persuade ex-Burnley boss Stan Ternent, in charge at Huddersfield, to pay good money for him.
And he admits he is now ready to prove himself all over again having gone from being one of the first names on the team-sheet at the FES to battling for a starting place at Huddersfield.
"It will be weird but I want to get into the team as soon as possible and stay there," said Craney.
"When I was at Swansea it didn’t work out as I was playing in a defensive midfield role but Stan wants me in a more attacking role, my best role.
"Me and Gary are good friends and have always played well together - I look back to the Conference winning season - and he is pleased I am with him.
"He has got someone to travel in with!
"I have got two goals this season and I want to get into double figures. I have never scored in League One yet and that is my aim.
"There are about three or four midfielders at the club so I can’t take anything for granted but I have to make sure I play to my best and force my way into Stan’s team.
"The pitch looks lovely and I think I have shown that, when the pitch is at its best, like at Wolves and Port Vale, it suits me. I have struggled on Accrington’s pitch at times."
He continued: "It is strange that it has happened but, in football, you have got to have ambition to play at the highest level possible.
"I gave it a go at Swansea, it didn’t work out, but now am determined to prove I can make the step up."
While he is looking forward, Craney admits leaving Accrington for the second time is a wrench.
"I am gutted to leave Coley and Jimmy (Bell) and Cav and all the lads.
"At Accrington, there is such a great spirit and it is hard to leave that - that’s why I came back - but it is my career and I can’t turn down this opportunity.
"I would like to say a big thank you to the Accrngton Stanley fans - I get on with the majority of the fans who have supported me through both my times at the club. I will always look out for Accrington’s results and come back when I can."
Huddersfield boss Stan Ternent said: "I am sure the fans will take to Ian - he is an out-and-out winner; he is fully committed, very fit, gives 100 per cent and can score a goal. I am delighted to have him on board."