Dean Furman has confirmed he rejected a new deal at Doncaster Rovers to pursue other options.
The 26-year-old midfielder was the stand-out name among 11 players released by the club this week.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, South Africa skipper Furman has since clarified his position.
“I was offered a new deal to stay but myself and my advisors decided it was the right time to assess my options elsewhere,” said Furman.
“It’s time for me to move on and it was only fair that the club could move on as well.
“There are several factors but I think I’m at a very good age now and I want to progress my career as much as possible.
“Hopefully my next move will be a progression so I can continue trying to play at the highest level possible.
“In terms of where it will be I can’t say too much, it’s still very early days,” he added.
“Obviously England is where I’ve been based for most of my life but you can’t rule out anything.
“Going abroad could be an opportunity so it’s not something I’ve ruled out and if that sort of offer comes along I’ll have to look at it with a lot of interest.”
Furman captained his country at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations and confirmed his international career was at the forefront of his mind when deciding to move on.
“Of course, that’s been a big part of my career for the last couple of years,” he said.
“It’s gone from strength to strength and, from something that I never really thought I’d be involved in, it’s now become a big part of my career. It’s definitely something going forward that I have to take into account and it’s something I’m looking to progress along with my club career.”