BRAD Morgan will not be riding for Raleigh next season but the East Lancashire star is still hoping to secure a road contract for the 2016 season.

The Chorley rider admitted he had endured a frustrating sole season with Raleigh in which he had struggled to achieve consistent performances.

And the 24-year-old is now eyeing a fresh start which allows him to marry his road ambitions with the chance to ride on the Enduro mountain biking circuit.

“I left Raleigh on good terms,” said Morgan. “It just didn’t work out there.

“But I still want my main focus to be on the road.

“I don’t think you can do two years then have one bad season and look elsewhere.

“I want to give myself a longer career than that.

“Raleigh left me in the dark a little bit towards the end of the season and they haven’t offered me anything for next year so I definitely won’t be staying there.

“I want to stay in Britain and I have been talking to quite a few different teams and shops who are running teams and trying to get themselves out there a bit more but I have nothing sorted at the moment.”

And Morgan, who was a British international skier before turning to cycling, admitted that he was also keen to try his hand at Enduro over the coming months having recently got involved in the sport.

He added: “When I didn’t get a ride in the Tour of Britain I entered a few mountain biking and Enduro races as an individual and really enjoyed it.

“I had a fair few crashes and found out just how tough it is but it is something I would like to do again next year.

“They have just announced a 2016 series in Britain and the sport is starting to take off so it is something I would like to do.

“But my main focus will still be on the road. I will just ride Enduro as and when it suits.

“Hopefully I can find a team with a little bit of flexibility.”

Morgan admits the British Enduro Series which starts in Wales in March is something that appeals but remains committed to the road scene.

“I have been doing a bit of mountain biking when I can and it would be great to go to a few of those Enduro races as and when I can but it won’t clash with the road,” he added.

“I want to make sure I give it my all on the road and know that I couldn’t have performed any better.”

Morgan has been keeping busy with mountain biking during the autumn but suffered a setback this week when he crashed off his bike while training near Rivington.

“I lost a couple of front teeth so I am not looking to clever at the moment,” Morgan added.

“I was doing some skills work and I came off and just hit a rock so hopefully I will be able to get my teeth sorted in the next few days.”

Meanwhile Morgan’s team-mate from last year Ian Wilkinson, who hails from Barnoldswick, has not yet been confirmed as a Team Raleigh rider for next season but the veteran, speaking ahead of this year’s Tour of Britain which he was forced to miss for personal reasons, said he was hopeful of extending his stay with the squad.