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Burgess Planning For Life After Football

28 August 2012

New Beginning For Ex-Blackpool Striker

Ben Burgess is looking ahead to new careers in the classroom and on the airwaves, after announcing his unexpected retirement from football over the summer.

The 30-year-old signed a two year contract with Tranmere Rovers in June, but was forced to call time on his career less than two months later, due to persistent knee problems.

Now the Buxton-born frontman, who made over 300 appearances in a career spanning nearly 14 years, is preparing to divide his time between regular stints on the radio and training to become a teacher at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk.

“I’m doing a year-long teaching degree in September to be a Primary School teacher, which is a bit of a different career choice to football!” Burgess said.

“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, who scored 29 goals for the Tangerines in a period of nearly four years, is also planning on being a regular back at Bloomfield Road this season, summarising for BBC Radio Lancashire. 

“I did a bit before when I was at Blackpool and then [Radio Lancs Sports Editor/Presenter] Gary Hickson rang me once I’d retired, I think it was the day after, and asked me if I wanted to do it. 

“I obviously want to keep involved with football in some way, so it’s perfect really. I get to go and watch games and get to talk nonsense on the radio, so it’s all good.

“It’s played a big part in my life really Blackpool and I’m looking forward to seeing some more games this season.”

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