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Storks keeper keeps his options open

Bamber Bridge FC (white) v Morecambe FC (red). Daniel Agyai thwarted by keeper Marcus Burgess. Picture by Paul Heyes, Tuesday July 12, 2016.
Bamber Bridge FC (white) v Morecambe FC (red). Daniel Agyai thwarted by keeper Marcus Burgess. Picture by Paul Heyes, Tuesday July 12, 2016.
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Burnley-born goalkeeper Marcus Burgess is keeping his options open with regards to where his future in football lies.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Padiham from Evo-Stik First Division North play-off contenders Prescot Cables.

The Clarets supporter, heading towards the final year of a Sports Marketing and Management degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, made the temporary move to the Ruby Civil Arena having returned to full fitness following a medial ligament tear at the end of October.

“I’m on Padiham on loan until the end of the season,” he said. “Prescot brought another goalkeeper in - Ben Barnes - when I sustained my injury but I didn’t want to be sat in the stands.

“I wanted to play football because it’s beneficial to play as many matches as possible for a young goalkeeper.

“I’m really enjoying it, it’s a really good football club and it’s a fresh challenge.”

The Storks had been scheduled to play Bootle at the weekend in the Hallmark Security Premier Division only for a deluge of rain to render the pitch unplayable.

On Thursday they suffered a third defeat in five games when Isaac Illidge’s 90th minute winner wrapped up the points for Irlam at the Arbories.

Padiham travel to West Didsbury and Chorlton tonight, kick-off 7-45 p.m.