Colchester United Captain Luke Prosser is hoping to finish the season with the U's.
Prosser, who joined the U's in the summer of 2016, was one of four senior players that aren't to be offered contracts for next season.
Chairman Robbie Cowling revealed on Monday that he felt it was the correct thing to do to inform players now rather than at the end of the seaon, which has been severely interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whilst admitting the news took him by surprise, the U's Captain understood the reasons behind the decision.
He told the Colchester Gazette: "I got the call about a week or two ago from the gaffer, (John McGreal), and received a letter from the chairman, Robbie Cowling.
"He called as well and explained the situation and that it could not be helped. I understand that the club’s long-term stability is more important.
"It was a feeling of shock and surprise. It’s hard at first but then you start to get your head around it."
The news hasn't stopped the U's defensive kingpin wanting to finish the season, with him saying: "I would be disappointed not to be able to go out and help the boys, if the season restarts."
"I’m hoping that if the season somehow starts on June 8, I might still be involved. I don’t want to leave Colchester with Carlisle away being my last performance.
"I want to do it the right way – if I can, I want to be back playing and pulling on the shirt again. I don’t know if there’s a way I’m allowed to come back in but that would be my aim.
"My contract is due to end at the end of June but I think there might be a chance of severance pay in July, although I’m not quite sure how it works.
"I would love to be back with the boys if the season restarts and doing my bit as captain, because I want us to finish what we’ve started.
"Everyone’s hoping it’s not the end and I want to finish the season. If there’s an opportunity for me to stay involved, I’d be interested to take it. I hope that I can report back in, whenever that might be."