Stevenage are set to sign Accrington defender Phil Edwards on a free transfer, after agreeing terms with the 25-year-old.
The centre-half turned down a new contract at the Crown Ground, where he has played 257 games since joining from Wigan in October 2005.
Edwards told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It's been a very difficult decision to make. I've been stressing over it.
"Every footballer wants to play at the highest level and I'm no different."
He added: "When they (Accrington) offered me the contract I had no other offers and it did look like I was going to stay."
Edwards, who scored 13 goals in 51 appearances last season, praised Stanley's management duo John Coleman and Jimmy Bell.
"Both of them have been absolutely terrific. They gave me the chance to play football when I came from Wigan and I'll never forget that. They obviously helped me progress as a player and improve the team.
"We've worked well together, I've been good for them and they've been good for me."