Jesse Smith says he left North Melbourne out of desperation after struggling with injuries despite his love for the club.
"I've had six hamstring injuries in the past two years, the club has done everything it possibly can and put me through every available program under the sun to try to get it right, but it is just not working out," Smith told the Herald Sun.
"I love the club. I grew up with it with dad playing there and I will always love it and want the best for it, but it is time for me to go because I am at a critical stage.
Smith believes he has a better chance of recovering and playing AFL football again if given the opportunity at another club.
"The situation I am in is pretty dire. I know I have one last shot at it. If it doesn't work I know I will have exhausted all options," he said.
"I have gone and looked at other clubs, and they are pouring money into their medical, and strength and conditioning departments."
North Melbourne football manager Donald McDonald says the club had no choice but to let the talented Jesse Smith go without compensation.
"It is just an unfortunate situation that occurs from time to time in this industry. It is disappointing for everyone, but it's something that occurs across the entire competition," McDonald said.
"Our medical and conditioning team has explored every available option to aid his recovery and we have worked closely with Jesse's parents and manager to find a way forward.
"Brad made sure Jesse was aware of the club's commitment to restructure our medical and strength and conditioning departments. Jesse declined the offer."