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Daniels, Kinloch and Wardingley complete re-signings

Luke Daniels, Chris Kinloch and Sam Wardingley are the latest trio of players to re-sign with Ealing Trailfinders for their return to the Greene King IPA Championship.

All three played major roles as director of coaching Ben Ward’s side won the National 1 title with 136 points, nine more than their closest rivals Rosslyn Park

The South African-born Daniels proved himself equally adept at fullback and wing after he made his debut in November. His pace was a key factor in attack and the 23-year-old flyer finished the season with 12 tries from 15 appearances. He also kicked 21 conversions and two penalties. 

“It was a very easy decision for me to stay at Vallis Way for the coming season, ” Daniels said. “The club have been really good to me and everyone involved made me feel welcome from day one. 

“We have had a really successful season and I have enjoyed every minute of it with a really good bunch of boys. Winning National 1 and bouncing back up to the Championship for next season is brilliant and it shows the club has big ambitions to move forward which is really exciting.”

Kinloch completed his second season in Ealing Trailfinders colours having joined the club ahead of their maiden season in the Championship in 2013. 

The 26-year-old Scot has proven to be a mainstay of the match day squad and he has played 49 times in two seasons since he arrived at Vallis Way from Loughborough Students. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to have re-signed with Ealing Trailfinders for a third season, ” Kinloch said. “It was a very easy decision as I have loved every minute since joining two years ago. 

“There is a great ethos and atmosphere around the place and with the ever growing ambitions of the club and plans that have been put in motion for the coming season back in the Championship there are going to be exciting times ahead.”

Wardingley established himself as first choice outside centre this season and he is now two matches short of completing his century of competitive appearances for Ealing Trailfinders having run in 39 tries during his time at Vallis Way. 

This season the former Blackheath and Barking player played 24 times and scored six tries to help Ealing Trailfinders to the National 1 title. 

“Having been with Ealing Trailfinders since I finished my undergraduate degree, I have spent the majority of my senior career at the club and throughout that time made some great memories and life-long friends, ” Wardingley said. 

“This played a big factor in my re-signing for the club, along with the chance to perform at the highest level the club has played.”

“I am delighted to have secured the services of all three of these outside backs, ” director of coaching Ward said. “Kinners and Sam have been at the club a while now, they know what I expect from them and also what the club is about. Sam had his best season since he joined and now needs to kick on further. Kinners brings quality on the pitch especially with his ball carrying ability. 

“Luke arrived injured and took a while before we could get him on the field. However, it was worth the wait and he made a big impact in the second half of the season. Luke provides an X factor and with a proper pre-season under his belt can be a big player for us next year.”

The following are the players who helped Ealing Trailfinders to the National 1 title, but who are now moving on from Vallis Way. 

Kevin Davis, Ignas Darkintis, Andrei Radoi, Gary Johnson, Michael Walker-Fitton, Steve Pape, Dave Lyons, Tom Brown, Anders Nilsson, Tom Parker, Ronnie McLean, James Copsey, Matt Jarvis

“I would like to thank all of these players for their hard work during the season to help us achieve our goals and wish them all the best for the future, they will always be welcome back at Ealing Trailfinders, ” Ward said.

“I would particularly like to thank Ronnie McLean and Anders Nilsson. Both these guys have been with us since our National 2 days and played a huge role in the club’s rise. Ronnie is currently with the USA squad and has a great opportunity to go to the World Cup. We will be watching his progress with interest and wish him all the best with this amazing opportunity.”