Former Harrogate Railway captain Jason Mycoe has rejoined old boss Billy Miller at Tadcaster Albion on dual registration terms.
The defender captained Railway to their record finish in Evo-Stik First Division North last season, but a house move has made travelling to Harrogate problematic this term.
Mycoe returns to Ings Lane three years after playing for the Brewers under then boss Paul Marshall.
Ashforth said: “I spoke to him on Monday and he was still in two minds of what to do. He has been worried about travelling and his plan was to come into training last night to work it out.
“Billy has a drama at the moment with Jordan Armstrong being suspended and an another injury, so there was a chance for Jason to go and get a good run of games, but the dual registration allows him to remain with us.”
In one of his first moves in taking on the Railway job from Miller, Ashforth took the captaincy off Mycoe and replaced him with Dan Thirkell at the start of the season.
The defender remained an integral part of selection during pre-season but has not represented the club since being substituted early in the second half in the 6-0 defeat to Scarborough Athletic last month.
The manager added: “He has been fantastic for us. He has played for a full season and I have grown to like him a lot both on and off the pitch.
“The lads love him.
“But he was living in Selby and then moved half an hour further away.
“He deserves to have the opportunity to go where he wants and we wish him all the best.
“He will be fantastic at Northern Counties level.”