Karim Kerkar has defended his decision to reject a move to St Mirren.
Kerkar, who had spells with Clyde and Dundee United, had a successful two-week trial in Paisley.
His decision to reject the contract has angered St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson.
But Kerkar, who was last with Al-Wahda in the UEA, told the News of the World: "Scottish clubs don't take risks and they just offer very short-term contracts.
"It's all well and good to sign up until January, but what would I do if I got injured just before then?
"I had that sort of misadventure at Manchester City. I signed for six months with the option of four further seasons, but I got injured in December.
"I did not want to make the same mistake again, because I am 30 now.
"A couple of other Scottish clubs want to give me a trial, but they are in the First Division, so I prefer to bide my time and wait.
"I don't want to sign something too quickly and pass up a good opportunity.
"Besides, I could join any club in France as I am a free agent - and there are plenty of teams in difficulties."