A leading industrial recruitment specialist has announced a top new signing after recruiting former rugby league star Mike Wainwright.
The 36-year-old former Warrington Wolves player has joined the town's branch of gap personnel as a recruitment consultant.
Mike's professional career lasted 14 years, including eight years at Warrington Wolves, where he played over 200 games and gained a testimonial in 2005 for over ten years service.
He later moved to Salford City Reds where he made a further 125 appearances. During the 2008/09 season, Mike took a step back from rugby, playing semi professionally whilst working in financial services. More recently he worked with young offenders before making the decision to change careers.
"I had been thinking about a change of career for a while and had always been really interested in recruitment," said Mike, who lives in Warrington and has three children.
"I was already aware of gap personnel and the company was my first choice when applying for posts. I was delighted to be recruited, as gap is a really dynamic firm and no two days are the same.
"Everyone is very welcoming and supportive and I'm looking forward to progressing with the company."
In his spare time Mike coaches his 13-year-old son's rugby team and also coaches the Widnes Vikings under 20's team.
gap personnel has grown to become the UK's eighth largest industrial labour provider - nationally placing and payrolling up to 5,000 temporary workers per week, as well as covering more than 1.5m shifts per year.
The company, recently awarded coveted gold status in the Investors in People awards, operates six sites across the north west including Warrington, Crewe, Liverpool and Preston and soon to open in Manchester.
Managing director Gary Dewhurst said: "Mike has a real winning spirit and brings a really varied set of skills to the company. I'm sure he will thrive in his new role at gap."