Walsall today confirmed goalkeeper David Grof has left the club by mutual consent and is poised for a move to France.
The goalkeeper is set for a trial with a Ligue 2 side after the Saddlers agreed to release him from his contract three months early.
He was axed by boss Dean Smith this term and had been replaced by a string of loanees this season after early errors cost him his place and the Saddlers points.
“David began the season as No.1,” said Smith. “A loss of form and confidence saw him lose his place in the team.
"Hopefully, a fresh start in a different country will give him an opportunity to address his issues both on and off the field.”
Grof hasn’t played since the disastrous 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Lincoln in November and he was left out of the last two squads, including Saturday’s 2-2 comeback draw with Crawley.
He tweeted last night: “Landed in Paris. Absolutely buzzing. Been a long day travelling. Buzzing to be here! Cant wait for training tomorrow.”
Karl Darlow, Aaron McCarey and Ian McLoughlin were all drafted in on loan ahead of Grof as the Saddlers struggled to find a regular No 1 this season.
Wolves’ McCarey returned for a second spell last month after Walsall failed to extend the loan of McLoughlin from Milton Keynes Dons – keeping Grof benched.
The Hungarian joins record appearances holder Jimmy Walker in being released this season.
The 23-year-old signed on a free transfer from Mansfield in 2011 as understudy to Walker and made 39 appearances for the Saddlers.
Meanwhile, Premier League duo Southampton and Norwich reportedly ran the rule over 19-goal top scorer Will Grigg on Saturday.
The striker netted a 90th minute leveller as the Saddlers came from 2-0 down to salvage a point after Jamie Paterson also scored in the 89th minute.