Defender Rogvi Baldvinsson has left Bristol Rovers two weeks after agreeing a two-year contract.
The 22-year-old Faroe Islands international played four games for the Pirates during pre-season but revealed
he was returning to Norway for personal reasons.
"We mutually agreed this wasn't the right time for him," manager Mark McGhee told BBC Radio Bristol.
Meanwhile, McGhee revealed he is close to signing goalkeeper Paul Smith.
“To all the Rovers fans: you've been brilliant so far and I wish the Gas all the best, but this is sadly not the place for me. Going back to Norway.”
Rovers have been looking to bring in a new keeper to
deputise for number one Scott Bevan,
who will miss the start of the season with a wrist injury.
Former Brentford and Southampton player Smith, 32, played only one game for Nottingham Forest last season and was released from the Championship club in May.
"I wanted to bring him in at the end of last week but he was suffering a little bit with an injury," added McGhee.
"I'm hoping he'll play [against Ipswich on Tuesday] with a view to him joining on a longer-term basis."
McGhee went on to confirm that the club have offered former Wimbledon, Chelsea and Forest keeper Dave Beasant a part-time coaching role at the Memorial Stadium.