Scott Arfield admits he is contemplating making himself available to the Canadian national team.
The midfielder has yet to earn a Scotland call, despite being one of the Clarets’ most consistent performers since arriving at Turf Moor in the summer of 2013.
And with a Toronto-born father opening up the opportunity to represent two countries, Arfield insists he is ready to follow-up Canada’s interest.
In today’s edition of the matchday magazine, Turf, he said: “I’m still open-minded about the whole thing.
“At the stage I’m at in my career, it would be a great life experience to go and represent Canada.
“Once you’ve played club football for so long, you want to see where it takes you and I’ve been in contact with Canada so it’s something I might do.
“I’ve also been speaking to David Edgar and he’s been banging the drum about what a good set up they’ve got there.
“Football takes you to so many places in your short career and you would argue there is a kid inside me that would run about in a Scotland jersey and still wants to play for them but I’m 27 now and I’m thinking the next step is international football.
“Going back home at international breaks and seeing people I grew up with on the council estate, that’s all they ever bang on about is how playing for Scotland would be the pinnacle.
“I think international football is exactly that, it’s the top level, and as you go on you see things in different ways and I perhaps don’t have as stronger feeling as I once did about playing for Scotland.
“There’s no ill-feeling towards Scotland or anything like that but I’m probably leaning towards Canada.”
The full interview with Scott can be read in the Brighton and Hove Albion edition of Turf, available from matchday, priced at 3pm.