First Team

Eight more sign on for 2014-15

Chris Kinloch v JerseyA further eight players have signed contracts with Ealing Trailfinders to remain with the club for the 2014-15 season.

Wings Chris Kinloch and Sam Wardingley, flankers Alex Bradley and Anders Nilsson, fullback Andrew Henderson, second-row Steve Pape, scrum-half Morgan Thompson and hooker Karl Gibson have all committed to the club for a further 12 months.

“I am delighted to have resigned with Ealing Trailfinders for next season,” Kinloch said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a tight knit group and am looking forward to being part of this again next season as the club moves forwards towards its high aspirations.”

Current head coach Ben Ward is due to take over as director of coaching from Mike Cudmore, who will step down after 12 years at the club at the end of the season and he has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to secure players for next season.

The eight are the second wave of players to commit to the club following the announcement of the first seven to do so ahead of the home match with Jersey in late March.

Andrew Henderson v Cross Keys

“Anders and Karl have been unfortunate with injuries this season but both are back in training and already preparing for next year,” he said.

“Henderson has been one of the stand-out performers this year and is a match-winner. He is a Championship player and I want to build a squad of players capable of playing at that level.

“Morgan has been at the club for a number of years and each year he faces more competition but he always raises his game. His speed of service when the ball hits the ground is exceptional and suits the style of game I’m intending to play.”