ACCRINGTON Stanley hitman Lutel James is expected to turn out for another team on Saturday as the Reds begin their FA Cup quest.
At least seven clubs have made enquiries about the Reds hot shot including Conference sides Halifax, Scarborough and Leigh RMI and he was hoping to have tied up a permanent deal by the weekend.
"I would like to go to a Conference side but I am just looking at my options," said James, with Droylsden, Stalybridge, Altrincham and Runcorn also interested. "I feel I have still got what it takes to score goals in the Conference. I just want it sorted out now but I don't want to rush into a decision. I will be talking to all the clubs to see which one is the best for me."
James, who has scored nearly 80 goals in three seasons with the Reds, has decided enough is enough after being relegated to the bench in the last few games .
"I have got to go," said the 32-year-old former Bury striker who joined Stanley in July 2001.
"It is time for me to leave. I have waited and waited and I thought I might get on against Scarborough as we were losing 4-0 and the manager went to 4-4-2.
"But he pushed Lee McEvilly up front and then Ian Craney on the wing and I just sat on the bench feeling frustrated. Then, when we were missing chances, the manager put a midfielder on. I knew then my time was up - I knew I was never going to get on. There is no place for me and I know I have got to go somewhere where I can score goals."
The St Kitts and Nevis international felt he deserved his chance in the Reds starting line-up.
"Look at the statistics; I played at the start of the season, in the first two games when we won. Then we got beat by Stevenage and the manager could have dropped any one of us but he didn't and we all got another chance against Crawley. I set up one and scored one so we had three out of four wins and I had been involved.
"But then I was dropped, for whatever reason, for York. I didn't start the next few, came back in for Hereford and we won again. I must be playing some kind of a part in all this.
"We have taken five points out of the last 21, but when I have started, we have won four out of six. I am not saying it was because of me, but the balance of the side must have been right.
"But I know now I am not going to get in the team again and I am in a no-win situation so I have to leave, I have to be playing regulary. John has got his team - and I am not a part of it."
He admits he is sad to leave the club where he has had so much success.
"I have scored a lot of goals for the club and played well with Paul Mullin. I have always worked hard and given my all and I am the first to hold my hands up if I have had a bad game. But I want to play week in week out and I won't here."
Manager John Coleman said: "We have to do what is best for Lutel and the club. Lutel loves playing football, he mirrors what I was like when I was a player. When he is not playing he is not happy and when you have a player who is not happy at the club, it is difficult to make them happy except to play them. I cannot guarantee this.
"Like all strikers, Lutel thrives on scoring goals and he wants to go somewhere where he will get the chance."
Coleman is aware that if James goes to a fellow Conference club and starts hitting the back of the net he could face a backlash from the fans.
"I am just trying to do what is best for Accrington Stanley. It is not about personality. I get on great with with Lutel, but I have got to keep taking the club forward and think about what we are going to do in the future."