Hallam heads back to London to join Ealing Trailfinders
James Hallam is the latest player to arrive at Ealing Trailfinders after he signed on with the Vallis Way outfit. He will go straight into the squad that starts pre-season for the 2017-18 Greene King IPA Championship season.
The loose-head prop has spent the last three months playing for Bedford Blues, who he joined following the collapse of London Welsh last December.
He had joined the Exiles at the start of the current season and appeared off the bench in their 19-11 defeat at Vallis Way in November.
“Although it has been quite a disjointed season for me personally I have been really impressed by Ealing Trailfinders performances this season,” Hallam said. “They thoroughly deserved their third place finish and I am looking forward to being a part of what is hopefully another very successful campaign.
“The set up and infrastructure that Ealing Trailfinders have mark them out as one of the best in the Championship. I know several of the lads who will feature in next year's squad and I'm looking forward to working with them again in the coming season.”
The 26-year-old Hallam joined Welsh following two seasons with London Scottish. During his time at the Athletic Ground he played 41 times and scored one try. One of those appearances was off the bench in Scottish’s 37-17 win over Ealing Trailfinders early in the 2015-16 season.
Hallam made his name at Durham University, who helped to the BUCS Championship and he joined Newcastle Falcons following graduation. While at Kingston Park he played in the British and Irish Cup final and also spent time on loan with Blaydon.
He will compete with Will Davis and James Gibbons for the number one shirt after both players re-signed with Ealing Trailfinders last month.
“We came pretty close to signing James last season and I'm delighted to have him on board this time around,” Director of Rugby Ben Ward said.
“He does the basics very well and has a strong set piece. He is mobile and has a good engine which will suit our pitch and the way we like to play.”