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Falcons bound flyer out to emulate Munster

Jake Ainsworth is ready to link up with the Melbourne Storm and the Sunshine Coast Falcons. INSET: Rockhampton star Cameron Munster.
Jake Ainsworth is ready to link up with the Melbourne Storm and the Sunshine Coast Falcons. INSET: Rockhampton star Cameron Munster. Matty Holdsworth

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former CQ Capra Jake Ainsworth is ready to put a season of turbulence behind him and start fresh at his new club.

The Biloela-born outside back is Kawana-bound, linking up with the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Melbourne Storm under-20s.

It is a move 12 months in the making, he had the chance to go last pre-season but injury denied him.

Now, a year older and at 19, he is ready to make his mark.

"The club wants me to play both grades, under-20s (for Melbourne) and ISC (for the Falcons who finished in third place)," Ainsworth said.

"I think my main goal is to get a contract with the top squad. But that is a hard ask, I just had to do my best and show them I can play."

Thrown into ISC at just 17, Ainsworth, while raw, possesses the natural attacking flair to make it in the top grades.

 

Capras player Jake Ainsworth in the QRL game against the PNG Hunters at Browne Park in Rockhampton.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Capras player Jake Ainsworth in the QRL game against the PNG Hunters at Browne Park in Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison ROK220516ccapras3

Injuries have been one thing that has been a major hurdle in his life.

"I had the chance to go down to Melbourne last pre-season but I broke my foot playing TRL," the Brothers junior said.

"I got mixed advice from doctors who said it was a six-week recovery, but four months later it hadn't healed. Then I got a second opinion at the Mater Hospital and I was in surgery two days later.

"It definitely delayed my start to the year and I struggled to get going."

 

ROK-01-0710-2   Jake Ainsworth  U13 Capra   CHRIS ISON CI01-0710-2
ROK-01-0710-2 Jake Ainsworth U13 Capra CHRIS ISON CI01-0710-2 CHRIS ISON

Ainsworth was in the Brisbane Broncos system as a youngster but failed to advance with the high-profile club. While he states he is his own man, the similarities with Cameron Munster are there.

Local juniors, The Cathedral College graduates, outside backs, shunned by the Broncos, former Sportsscene employees and highly-rated talents.

"I definitely want to follow Cam, he has obviously done so well for himself so to be anything like him would be unreal," the 24-game Capra said.

"I used to work with him at Sportsscene. He was a good bloke, really laid back, I will have to ask him for advice.

"This year I've watched a lot of Falcons games, particularly their semi-final against Redcliffe. I am really looking forward to it.

"Centre is where I want to play or fullback. I like to bust tackles and get one on one with opponents."

 

Cameron Munster of the Melbourne Storm  warms up before the round 25 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Cameron Munster of the Melbourne Storm warms up before the round 25 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY TRACEY NEARMY

The future Falcon will continue his accounting degree externally from CQUniversity and is wary of the possibility of lining up against his Capras mates.

"We haven't spoken about it much yet but I am sure they will want to smash me," he joked.

"But if it wasn't for the Capras and Brothers I wouldn't be here today.

"Kim Williams was really good for me also, He brought a whole different perspective to the club from the get-go and was great for my development.

"Just need to stay injury free and give it my best shot."

Topics:  cameron munster cq capras melbourne storm queensland rugby league sunshine coast falcons



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