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Shaun Ainscough: Australia a better offer than Bradford Bulls
Shaun Ainscough is weighing up a move to Australia after admitting he cannot afford to accept the offer on the table from Bradford.
The winger has explored the prospect of switching codes and spoke to a number of union clubs, including Exeter Chiefs and Glasgow Warriors, about going on trial.
That did not materialise and instead, Ainscough has a concrete offer from his agent – former Wigan coach Frank Endacott – to head Down Under.
The move would entail Ainscough possibly working in a timber mill and playing for an amateur rugby league side in Australia’s Group Nine, with scope to progress to a higher level.
He expects to make a decision on whether to accept the offer by next week but has a girlfriend and young son to consider.
Ainscough, 22, said: “I could go out there on my own at first and see how it is. If it goes well, I could then bring my family out there.
“There would be a job opportunity for me – working in a timber mill is one option – but I’m still weighing things up.
“My missus is against it all because of our little boy but if I was to go it would be after Christmas. I don’t know what to do. It’s all up in the air at the moment.
“Bradford have said they can’t go any higher than what they are offering. I’ve been scraping by every month for the past year as it is.
“I got hold of a few rugby union clubs about going on trial, just to keep my options open, but their squads were full up.
“Similarly, Super League clubs already have their wingers in place for next season. I expect to make a decision by next week.”
* Mick Potter is poised to be finally unveiled as the new head coach of NRL outfit Wests Tigers.
The former Bulls boss, this season’s Super League coach of the year, is set take the reins following Tim Sheens’ sacking on September 25.
Potter headed home to Australia shortly after the end of the English season, although his wife Megan is still working in the Bulls’ administration department for the time being.