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Bradford Bulls: Shaun Ainscough plots new career path as personal trainer
Shaun Ainscough has revealed he could embark on a change of career if he fails to secure a new Bulls contract.
The winger has undertaken a course as a personal trainer and may head down that route should he fail to find another top-flight club or sign a new deal at Odsal .
Ainscough, who has enjoyed a fine campaign, is one of 17 Bradford players out of contract at the end of the season.
His overriding objective is to stay in Super League – ideally with the Bulls – and a change of ownership could yet pave the way for him to stay at the club.
But Ainscough, who has a partner and a young son, is yet to receive any offers from Super League or Championship clubs for 2013.
He said: “I’d like to stay in Super League, primarily with the Bulls but possibly elsewhere if the opportunities arose.
“I want to play at the highest level possible but realistically I might just have to get a job and play part-time in the Championship or an amateur basis with my brother.
“He plays for Wigan St Judes, so I could go there and just play for the enjoyment and to keep myself fit.
“If I did play outside of Super League, and I could earn enough to not need a job, then I’d probably do that. But it doesn’t really pay enough and I’d need a job as well. I don’t earn a fortune now but I love doing what I do: playing full-time and being with the lads at training day in and day out.
“I’ve just finished a personal training course so I could maybe do that as a job.”
Ainscough said he has warmed to the idea of working as a personal trainer after carrying out a course at the Bulls.
“Personal fitness is something we know about because we’re doing it every day,” he explained.
“Quite a lot of the players have done the course.
“They came into the club once or twice a week. It’s certainly another option for me.”
Although the uncertainty surrounding the club and his own future is preying on his mind, Ainscough said his main focus is on helping the Bulls to finish a traumatic season as strongly as possible.
He added: “It’s still early days yet and I just want to get the job done at Bradford first.
“If I start thinking about anywhere else, my head will go.
“It’s hard but I’m just trying to stay focused.
“I’ll start looking at the end of the season and maybe something will happen then.”
Ainscough also reserved praise for coach Mick Potter for his outstanding work in a season which saw the Bulls tipped by some pundits to finish bottom of Super League.
He said: “Mick’s a great coach and has shown that by how far we’ve come, from finishing tenth last year to where we would be now were it not for the points deduction.
“Making such solid progress this season, despite everything that has happened, shows what a good coach he is.”