Tom Pope has admitted that a lack of chances in the first-team contributed to his decision to leave Crewe Alexandra and join Rotherham United.Pope told BBC Radio Stoke: "People had more chances than me. If I had a poor game, I would be out for four weeks.
"It wasn't something I was looking to do, but I felt it was the time to give myself a new challenge and move on."
The 23-year-old striker has joined the Millers for a club record £150,000, and signed a three-year contract.
Pope added: "No one at Crewe ever told me if I was doing a decent job. They told me the things I did wrong, but they never gave me any chance to build my confidence or give me any encouragement.
"It started to get me down towards the end, it was frustrating but that's football. I wanted a new challenge and I've got one at Rotherham."
Pope was Crewe's top scorer last season, scoring nine times, but those goals were not enough to save the Alex from relegation to League Two.
He established himself as a favourite with the Crewe supporters after joining from non-league Biddulph Vics in 2006, but he is confident that he has made the right move.
"It's a club that's destined for higher things. Hopefully they'll be pushing for promotion next year and that's something I want to be a part of," said Pope.
"Hopefully I can get a few goals and shut a few people up who've said I'm not good enough. I want to show I'm good enough at League Two and League One level."