Hartlepool make the League Two trip to Bury tonight without veteran striker Steve Howard, who has left the club.
The former Leicester, Derby and Luton front-man, who had made nine appearances this season, has agreed to depart the Victoria Ground by mutual consent in a move which frees up funds and possible transfer opportunities.
Hartlepool said in a statement Howard had “agreed a financial settlement which is to the benefit of the club to reduce its costs.”
They added: “Such savings to the club are vital to ensure that we adhere to the Football League Salary Capping requirements, and will also allow flexibility for bringing in loan players should they be needed.”
Howard said: “I would like to thank everyone at the club for their help and understanding.
“Everything has been done very amicably on both sides, and hopefully I will get back to The Vic to watch some games in the future.”
Without him, Pool travel to Bury tonight still waiting on the fitness of James Poole, whose ankle injury saw him substituted on the hour-mark of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Northampton. Andy Monkhouse is suspended after collecting his sixth booking.