Alan White has blamed Darlington's administrators for his transfer to Luton Town and insists he never wanted to leave the club.
The defender became the fifth player to leave the Quakers this summer when he completed his switch to Kenilworth Road but says he would have preferred to stay with the ailing League Two side.
He told the Northern Echo: "A lot of the lads might not have made the decisions they've made if there had been better communication between the administrators and the players.
"We had the Professional Footballers' Association come to see us but we had no communication with the administrators at all apart from the letter that got sent out saying you can leave.
"It's the uncertainty that's pushed a lot of lads into arranging moves.
"Ideally I'd like to have stayed at Darlington but I couldn't afford to wait until the end of July - maybe by then the club could have been in liquidation and I might not have been paid for six months.
"The manager has left, the coach has left and most of the best players have left. It's just a shame I've ended up leaving Darlington and that's only happened because of the shambles that's gone on these last few months."