Former Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has asked for his contract to be cancelled at Bury, prompting praise from boss David Fliftcroft.
The 37 year old had signed a short term deal with the Shakers but picked up a calf injury during training.
When Kenny was assessed by the club's medical staff he learned that he would not be fit and available before his contract ran out.
So instead of pocketing the money which would be owed to him for the remainder of the seven-week deal, Kenny asked for the contract to be cancelled.
Shakers manager Flitcroft said: "Paddy only had a seven week contract, we weren’t expecting it, but Paddy came to see us and said that he loves the Club, he loves the fact we gave him an opportunity, but he doesn’t feel like he is going to earn his money now he is injured.
"Quite incredibly he has decided he wants to cancel the contract. Incredibly he had guaranteed money there, but he has said he can’t take money off the football club, which is quite a unique circumstance.”
Bury were Kenny's first league club, playing under Neil Warnock and the keeper joined his boss at Sheffield United in 2002 beforew going on to make over 250 appearances for the Blades in an eight-year spell.