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Former Bradford City centre-back Simon Ainge enjoying career resurgence as striker, attracting transfer interest

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Former Bradford and Luton centre-back Simon Ainge is suddenly a man in demand.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesSimon Ainge at Bradford City

A decade ago Simon Ainge was beginning his football career with Bradford City after breaking into their first team.

The physically imposing centre-back left the Bantams in 2009 and has spent the subsequent years in non-league, but could be set for an unlikely second wind.

Now 29, Ainge is at Harrogate Town, and is establishing himself as a striker.

Ainge was handed the opportunity to play up front due to injury, and has been a revelation.

He bagged a hat-trick at the weekend against Fylde, taking his tally to a staggering 18 goals for the season, and 12 in his last seven games.

And his transformation is making clubs sit up and take notice, with clubs higher up the footballing ladder taking an interest.

FC Halifax Town's Simon Ainge (L) in action with Bradford City's Mark YeatesFC Halifax Town's Simon Ainge (L) in action with Bradford City's Mark Yeates

HITC Sport understands a League One club and a Scottish Premiership side have each made their interest in Ainge known, with a view to signing him as a striker.

Ainge is on a part-time contract at Harrogate, and could be set to benefit from his recent success.

This is the first time in his career that Ainge has played as a striker, and former clubs Bradford, Luton Town and Halifax may all end up wondering what could have been.

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