Buxton’s goalscoring hero Mark Reed says he “enjoyed every minute” of his time at the Silverlands but felt the time was right to leave.
Reed left the Bucks last week to join Glossop North End, after plundering 251 goals in 469 games over three separate spells.
The striker, 33, says he felt the time was right to depart despite many happy memories of his time at the club.
“My time at Buxton has been amazing,” Reed told the Advertiser.
“There’s a million and one things that I will remember and I’ve enjoyed every minute.
“I just felt the time was right to go elsewhere.
“I wanted to help as much as I could.
“I want to thank everyone and hopefully people will see that I left for honest reasons.
“It was just time to move on but there are so many highlights.
“Scoring 250 goals was special and getting to play at places like Boston and Fleetwood and other grounds was brilliant.
“There’s also the memorable Telford FA Cup game plus plenty of other memories which I’ll cherish.”
Reed hit the landmark tally of 250 goals earlier this season but admits that was a rare high for him personally this season.
He initially struggled with injuries, which goes back to last season, and then once he returned to full fitness he was unable to force his way into a regular starting spot.
Reed says this, combined with the club’s faltering form of late, convinced him to accept Glossop’s approach - as well as the fact that he could be turning out at Wembley if GNE reach the FA Vase final.
He said: “I’ve had loads of clubs ask me to play but they never felt quite right.
“However, Kieran Lugsden (Glossop player, ex-Buxton) contacted me to see if I would be interested in going to North End.
“I thought it was a good opportunity, and obviously Wembley is a possibility.
“But I’ve not just gone for an easy life.
“We’ll be playing two or three times a week, with plenty of games left to play.
“Glossop are also still in three competitions and you don’t get to semi-finals and finals without playing well.
“I’ve been impressed by the standard of play here and I personally would like to finish this season on a real high.”
In terms of the Bucks’ aspirations, Reed says that the squad he has left behind possess the ability to reach the play-offs.
He hopes they can cap off what has been a largely positive season for Martin McIntosh’s side.
He added: “They’ve certainly got the players to get into the play-offs.
“Obviously the form has been patchy lately but if they can get on a decent run between now and the end of the season then you never know.”