Imps failed with Ainsworth bid
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The midfielder has been forced down the Wimbledon pecking order, and was made available for transfer.
Red Imps boss Keith Alexander made an approach to bring the 29-year-old back to Sincil Bank, and he almost succeeded.
Ainsworth said: "I have spoken to Keith and I gave it a lot of thought. I was very close to coming back to Sincil Bank.
"But after a conversation with my father, who is also my agent, I decided to stay in the First Division with Walsall and put myself in the shop window.
"I want to see if I can get back in the top flight because I have had a couple of frustrating seasons with injury."
A return to Lincoln in the future could still be on the cards, as Ainsworth added: "I want to get back in The Premiership at some point and I feel I can do that. But that's not to say a move back to Lincoln won't happen in the future.
"I loved it there and the fans and the club will always hold a special place in my heart.
"I can safely say it is the best club I have and ever will play for, without a doubt.
"I can see myself somewhere along the line wearing a red and white shirt again which would be a great feeling."
In other news, an injury to Barry Hayles may well scupper Alexander`s plans to sign Luke Cornwall on loan.
Alexander was confident of landing a Premiership striker, and Fulham youngster Cornwall was reportedly the player in the frame.
However, Hayles has been ruled out through injury - leaving Cottagers boss Jean Tigana desperately short of strikers.
Facundo Sava and Louis Saha are injured, while Steve Marlet is currently suspended.
A move may happen when Fulham`s problems ease.