Blackpool legend Brett Ormerod admitted he couldn’t face hanging up his boots after signing for Evo-Stik League club Padiham.
Ormerod, who turns 38 next month, spent the past two seasons with Wrexham and had been training with Accrington Stanley, where his professional career began, until the sudden departure of manager James Beattie.
The striker said: “I’d trained with Padiham in the summer and Steve (Wilkes, manager) had always kept in contact. I thought I’d just go for it. I still want to play and I’m delighted to have this opportunity.
“It’s not a nice feeling when you start reaching the end of your career. It feels a bit weird because I still feel 22 in my head. I’m still quite fit and I enjoy playing, so I’m not ready to retire just yet.
“I’ve been playing football for as long as I can remember, so to stop now would hurt. Joining Padiham felt like a no-brainer.”
Ormerod scored 61 league goals in two hugely successful spells at Bloomfield Road, and will always be remembered for firing Pool into the Premier League with the winner against Cardiff in 2010.
“I’ve won a few important games in my career,” he said.
“I have very fond memories of that play-off final, when Blackpool got in the Premier League for the first time.
“That was in my second spell at the club, and if somebody had told me in my first spell that something like that was going to happen I would never have believed them.
“I scored the winner that day and that was the most important goal I ever scored. It was an unbelievable day.”
Ormerod made his debut in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Lancaster City but Padiham remain bottom of the Evo-Stik North division.
Another former Pool striker, Andy Morrell, has taken the manager’s job at Conference North club Tamworth.