Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has said that he could not guarantee regular football to midfielder Peter Whittingham.
The thirty-two year old has agreed to join League One club Blackburn Rovers after spending the past ten years with the Welsh club.
And Warnock has said that the former Aston Villa man just wants to get regular starts – something he could not offer him next season.
“He wants to play and he’s got a two-year contract offered to him, and you’ve got to take your hat off to that.” he told BBC Radio Wales.”I think he’s realised he’s not going to be instrumental in playing every week here.
“His agent said to me it was similar terms to what we offered him.
“I think Peter could have played a part next year but I don’t think we could, at this stage, offer him a two-year deal.
“You could see last year how frustrated he was at not being able to play and not being in that starting eleven.
“Probably going down a division gives him more opportunity as well to play and you’ve just got to accept he’s at the stage of his career where you do want to play.
“A lot of people don’t even think about playing and they just go for money, but that’s not Peter.
“Peter just wants to play and you’ve got to take your hat off to him.
“Good luck to him, sometimes you need a little challenge later on in your career.” he finished.