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Preocanin returns as Wardingley moves on

Adam Preocanin will re-join Ealing Trailfinders for their return to the Greene King IPA Championship, but the club can confirm that centre Sam Wardingley is moving on.

Second-row Preocanin played for Ealing Trailfinders for two seasons and helped the west London club to the 2012-13 National 1 title. The former Saracens Academy player appeared 43 times in his first spell at Vallis Way and scored four tries. 

After Ealing Trailfinders were relegated from the Championship in 2014 he moved over Kew Bridge to London Scottish and made 15 appearances and scored one try during his season at the Athletic Ground. 

“Ealing Trailfinders are a great club who have worked hard to bounce back into the Championship, ” Preocanin said. “I firmly believe we will be stronger this year than ever before, which goes to show the long term plans of the club. 

“When I was given the opportunity to return to Vallis Way it was an easy decision. I know their culture, their expectations and their ambition and they are all things I want to be a part of.”

Director of Coaching Ben Ward’s side will play in the Championship for the second time in their history having won the National 1 title with 136 points, nine more than their nearest rivals Rosslyn Park. 

Preocanin’s experience of the Championship, as well as time spent playing in Australia with Eastern Districts and the University of Queensland will be crucial to Ealing Trailfinders in the coming season. 

“When Adam became available I jumped at the opportunity to bring him back to Vallis Way, ” Ward said. “He is someone I know very well from playing with him previously. 

“He reads the game very well, brings a lot of physical attributes and will give us good options at set piece. He also knows what I'm about and what I expect from my players and I think he will fit back into our set up very well.”

While Preocanin returns to Vallis Way, Wardingley will leave after five seasons, 98 appearances and 39 tries with Ealing Trailfinders. 

The 26-year-old scored was first choice centre as Ealing Trailfinders won the National 1 title and he played 24 times and scored six tries, but now moves on due to business commitments. 

“I would like to thank Sam for all his efforts over the past seasons, ” Ward said. “Last year, especially, he played an important role in the team and it has been a pleasure to play with over the past few years. He will always be welcome here and I look forward to catching up with him soon.”