JOHN Goddard has told Hayes & Yeading he is seeking new pastures.
New United manager Phil Babb had made securing the former Reading youngster one of his top priorities for the summer months.
A contract offer was made to the midfielder back in May and Babb had been hopeful the dynamic midfielder would put pen to paper.
But Goddard (pictured) has had second thoughts and turned out for Conference Premier outfit Woking on Saturday in a
pre-season friendly against Staines Town.
Goddard did his chances of securing a deal with the Cards the power of good with two goals in a 3-2 defeat for Garry Hill’s side at Wheatsheaf Lane.
Babb is refusing to rule out the possibility of Goddard pulling on the Hayes & Yeading shirt again, but for the time being, the United chief has started looking at other options for midfield.
“John has expressed a wish to pursue other options despite the club offering him a contract,” Babb said. “This offer has been on the table for a considerable length of time.
“We wish John all the best, and although the door is not firmly shut, we too will now decide to look at other options.”
Goddard made 30 appearances for United last season, although a third of those were from the bench.
He was often used as an impact substitute but was a big influence during the closing weeks of the campaign, as Blue Square South safety was secured.
Babb continues his preparations for the new campaign, as United play their first pre-season game away to Windsor on Saturday.