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.