Brett’s Brig promotion ambition

Brett Ormerod celebrates scoring against Warrington for Bamber Bridge

Brett Ormerod celebrates scoring against Warrington for Bamber Bridge

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Brett Ormerod is hoping to sign-off his final season as a player by helping Bamber Bridge win promotion to the NPL Premier Division.

The former Preston North End and Blackpool striker – who turns 39 on Sunday – was ready to hang up his boots in the summer after a season with relegated Padiham.

But the persuasive powers of Brig captain – and ex-PNE team-mate – Paul McKenna cajoled him to carry on playing for one more year.

“I was going to retire at the end of last season, but Paul McKenna persuaded me to do one more season,” Ormerod said.

“My legs had got to the stage where I felt like I had been beaten up after every game, but I am good friends with Paul – I talk to him a lot – and he got me to do one more year.

“I am glad I agreed because I am really enjoying it. There is a great set of lads there and we have got a decent team.”

Former Premier League star Ormerod – who last played in the Football League three years ago – has proven to be an excellent signing for Neil Crowe’s men.

He has found the net on a regular basis – including two goals in the brilliant 3-2 replay win over Kettering Town in the midweek FA Cup third qualifying round replay at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

The Blackburn-born forward now turns his attentions back to league matters with Saturday’s trip to Mossley. Brig are currently in a mid-table spot in the First Division North after a slow start, but are starting to rise up the table

Ormerod is keen to help his new team finally achieve promotion after they agonisingly missed out in the last couple of years in the play-off final.

“It’s a bit like Preston,” Ormerod said. “They managed to break their play-off hoodoo last season and hopefully we can do the same this season.

“We’ve just drawn a few too many, which has been our downfall in the early part of the season.

“If we can get some consistency and put a run of wins together, I see no reason why we can’t win promotion.”

Should Brig enjoy a successful season, could Ormerod be persuaded to extend his career even further?

“I think the wife will kill me if I carry on,” Ormerod said. “I’ve got three kids and they take up a lot of time.

“As far as I am concerned it’s my last season...but who knows?”