Tom Ward looks set to leave Boston United in order to join county rivals Gainsborough Trinity.
The centre back agreed a deal to remain at York Street for a third season.
However, it appears that an offer from the Blues has turned his head.
United manager Dennis Greene suggested Ward was stalling on signing his contract, saying: “We wanted to keep Tom, but we cannot wait forever.
“We now switch our attentions to other targets.
“I am disappointed because I had agreed terms with Tom, but he has now decided he wishes to speak to other clubs.”
If he joins Trinity, Ward will follow in the footsteps of Mark Jones, Shane Clarke and Jamie Yates, who have all opted to leave Boston for Gainsborough in recent seasons.
With Ward’s departure seeming imminent, the Pilgrims are in desperate need of signing two new central defenders.
Nathan Stainfield opted to leave the club for Spalding United last week.
That leaves Boston with Carl Piergianni as their only recognised central defender, although Conor Marshall could also slot into that role.
Ward was on a non-contract deal with the Pilgrims, meaning the club would not be entitled to any compensation for the 22-year-old.
In recent weeks, Ward pledged his future to the Pilgrims.
He told The Standard: “I always wanted to stay here, Boston’s the club I’m loyal to.
“I’m loyal to Boston because they gave me the chance to play at this level.
“Boston gave me my chance. It’s a brilliant club and I don’t want to be anywhere else.”