Paddy Kenny, the former Sheffield United and Leeds United goalkeeper, who was capped seven times by the Republic of Ireland, has cancelled his seven-week contract at Bury after just 13 days after suffering a tear to his calf.
He would not be in a position to return before his contract expires at the end of January.
In an admirable act of generosity, Kenny cancelled his own contract so as not to take money from the club he loves when he is not in a position to play.
Bury manager David Flitcroft said: "Paddy only had a seven week contract, we weren’t expecting it, but Paddy came to see us and said that he loves the Club, he loves the fact we gave him an opportunity, but he doesn’t feel like he is going to earn his money now he is injured.
"Quite incredibly he has decided he wants to cancel the contract. Incredibly he had guaranteed money there, but he has said he can’t take money off the football club, which is quite a unique circumstance."