Dennis Greene says Boston United owed it to Stefan Galinski to let him go out on loan.
The Pilgrims defender has joined Vanarama North rivals Stalybridge Celtic for a three-month spell.
Manager Greene said the former Polish youth international - a popular member of the squad - requested the chance to get some more matches under his belt.
And despite not wanting to let the player go, he felt he had to say yes.
“Stef approached me with it,” Greene said.
“He’s been such a good servant to the club and his attitude’s been first class.
“He’s been a great player for the football club and - for what his attitude is like and the person he is around the dressing room - I owed it to him to go and get games.”
Galinski has made 11 appearances but just four starts for United this season.
However, with Zak Mills being utilised in central defence, it appears that Galinski has slipped down the pecking order.
Pilgrims midfielder Niall Doran has signed a dual contract with Whitby Town.