Northampton Town midfielder Paul Lewis has joined Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer.
Lewis joined the Cobblers last summer and made 37 league starts, and manager Jon Brady said the move suited all parties.
"We sat down with Paul at the end of the season and had a discussion," he said.
"I know he really enjoyed his time with us but his family circumstances mean he wants to move back north and we certainly didn't want to stand in his way.
"It suits all involved for this to happen, we part on good terms and wish Paul well for the future.
"Our work to recruit is continuing. We know who we want and we are very busy at the moment meeting a lot of our targets and their representatives."