STUART McCall accused James Vaughan of “going through the motions” after City announced the striker’s Valley Parade exit.

The club this afternoon reached an agreement with Vaughan to terminate his contract, which still had two years to run, by mutual consent.

The decision was made after Vaughan made it clear that he wanted to leave. He has now rejoined Tranmere, where he went on loan in January.

Vaughan top-scored for City last season with 11 and McCall held several conversations throughout the summer hoping to persuade him to say.

But after the return to preseason, he felt Vaughan’s “negative” presence on the training ground made his departure inevitable.

McCall said: “I have had multiple conversations with him and they have always been open and honest.

“But, as time progressed and we got nearer to returning to training, I sensed negativity from him. Once we did come back, it was clear to see that no part of him wanted to be involved with us.

“We saw in training that James had no desire to be here. We tried to get him motivated and excited but, having seen him up close, it became obvious we could not have his negativity around the group, and his departure became inevitable.

“After spending time at Tranmere Rovers last season, it became apparent to James that he would rather have more time to spend with his young family, with more convenient travel arrangements.

“He began going through the motions in training and struggling for focus and motivation. I can understand his reasons but, once they were made clear, we had no option but to bring his time at the club to a conclusion.

“We cannot afford to have anyone here who is not totally committed, especially if they do not show active drive to help take the club forward.”