Sean McConville admitted it was the toughest decision he has had to make leaving Accrington – but he had to put his family first.
The 22-year-old has signed for Blue Square Premier side Stockport, dropping down a league, and leaving Reds boss John Coleman and his uncle Jimmy Bell.
McConville has spent two seasons at Accrington after they signed him from Skelmersdale for £5000, where he worked part-time at Primark.
Last season he was the Reds joint top scorer with 13 goals and was offered a two-year deal to stay at the Crown Ground.
"It was the hardest decision I have had to make but I had to do what is best for my family," said the midfielder.
"If you were a bricklayer and you were offered say £300-£500 extra for doing the same job then I think you would take it.
"I know I have dropped down into non league football and John and Jimmy haven’t taken it well and I understand that. They have told me I am making the wrong decision and only time will tell on that.
"Accrington did offer me a good deal but it was based on goal bonuses and win bonuses but it was short of what I would be earning at Stockport as a basic wage. They have almost doubled my wages, and it's a short career and something I had to consider.
"I have a young family and that’s the most important thing – making sure they are looked after.
"It was hard at Accrington last season when we weren't paid on time and I found it difficult to live.
"I am sure that’s why a few others left too as not knowing if you are going to get paid and borrowing money to cover things made it tough even though I loved my time there.
"Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Accrington, they have been really good for me and the lads are great and the atmosphere around the club. I have thoroughly enjoyed me time there.
"I would still love to come and watch the lads and I hope they fans won’t cane me, will understand my reasoning and I haven’t burned my bridges."
He admitted ex-German international and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann, the new County boss following a takeover from a Liverpool-based consortium, sold Stockport to him.
"Even though he was Liverpool and I am an Everton fan you have got to be impressed with his career," said McConville.
"I spoke to him and he said I was one of the main players he wanted and he wanted me to play a big part next season in helping Stockport bounce straight back up.
"He said he had noticed I had got 13 goals last season but what impressed him most was 13 assists which is something I didn't realise.
"I only missed two games last season through injury and feel I am doing well and hopefully I can get 15 goals next season and plenty more assists.
"They have big ambitions and I am keen to be a part of it. Of course, I wanted to stay in the league and I hope that Stockport can get back there next season – that’s the aim.
"I know I have left John and Jimmy unhappy and that was the hardest thing.
"I have full respect for both of them and what they have done at Accrington.
"They work under such restraints and do so well and telling them I wasn’t signing wasn’t nice and whether it is a mistake, I don’t know, but I think I would have regretted not giving it a go and I hope fans understand that."
EX-REDS John Miles and Leighton McGivern have also signed for the Hatters.