BEN Burgess, the striker whose spell with Tranmere this summer spanned less than two months and two pre-season friendly appearances, is taking the first steps on a new career path.
Burgess cancelled his contract at Prenton Park at the end of July because of a knee problem and this month embarks on a course at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, where he will be training to become a primary school teacher.
"It is a bit of a different career choice to football," admitted the 30-year-old from Buxton.
"I’ve been thinking about it for a while, helping out with schools and stuff, it’s something I’ve considered so now seems the right time. I’ve been accepted at University and it’s exciting really, I’m looking forward to a new career.”
Burgess made over 300 appearances in a playing career spanning nearly 14 years.
He joined Tranmere on a two-year deal in June after parting company with Notts County.
But within a matter of weeks he asked manager Ronnie Moore to tear up his contract because he did not believe he could give Rovers 100 per cent on the field.
Burgess is also planning to stay in touch with the game by working as a match summariser for local radio in Lancashire this season.