Kevin Thomson has described his shock after being stripped of the captaincy at Hibernian.
Thomson said he would continue to give his best for the club
Thomson, 23, said losing the armband to team-mate Rob Jones for the SPL game against Aberdeen was "like a dagger through the heart".
"What has happened over the past few weeks has really dented me," Thomson told the Daily Record.
Hibs manager John Collins said he wanted Thomson to ignore transfer speculation and focus on his game.
Premiership side Charlton failed last month with a £3m joint bid for Thomson and team-mate Scott Brown.
Thomson, who is contracted to Hibs until 2010, has been seeking to re-negotiate his deal.
I've always been a very level-headed boy and someone who has never tried to create problems around the place
But the club have stood firm urged both players to concentrate on playing for the Edinburgh club.
Thomson said the unsettling period was beginning to take its toll on him.
"I hoped the manager and I would still be able to work together and I promised him I'd give him, the team and the club 110% for as long as I was pulling on that green and white shirt," he said.
"It's starting to make me feel as if I'm not as strong a player as I thought I was.
"I'm not sure if that is what the manager wanted - to take me down a peg or two.
"But I'd be surprised if that was the case because I've always been a very level-headed boy and someone who has never tried to create problems around the place."
Jones and Thomson have discussed the issue, and the new captain is confident they can work together.
Jones told Hibernian's official website: "We have spoken, there is no ill feeling whatsoever.
"Kevin has been the captain since day one when I first came here. Yes, I have had the captaincy whilst Kevin has been unavailable, which was nice and an honour.
"The other day when the gaffer asked me to be captain again, I won't lie, it's everybody's dream to captain such a club as this but yeah it was a surprise."