Alex Walker named club captain
Alex Walker has been named as Ealing Trailfinders’ club captain for the 2016-17 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Walker joined the club in 2014 and quickly established himself as first-choice scrum-half and a popular figure with the fans. He continued as first choice in the 2015-16 Championship season, where he played 22 appearances and scored two tries for Director of Rugby Ben Ward’s side.
He was also named Supporters’ player of the Year for a second consecutive season having also won the Man of Steel Award for best defensive player in his debut season.
“It's a huge honour for me to be asked to be Ealing Trailfinder's club captain,” Walker said. “I am now into my third season at Vallis Way and I have enjoyed the challenges that the past two seasons have brought; winning National One was a particular highlight.
“Last season was tough at times, playing in the Greene King IPA Championship, but I think we matured as a team and this will put us in good stead for the forthcoming season.
“Ealing Trailfinders have recruited well this year, on and off the pitch, and the impact of these signings has been felt throughout our pre-season. I am thoroughly looking forward to our first home match and I hope to see many of our dedicated supporters there.”
Prior to moving to Vallis Way Walker represented Wales 7s and played alongside future Ealing Trailfinders teammate Will Harries. He also wore the red shirt at U18, U19 and U21 level.
He came through the ranks at his local side Newport Gwent Dragons and played 30 times for the team from Rodney Parade before moving to Cardiff Blues.
Walker will be part of the squad that travels across the Severn Bridge to take on a Dragons Development XV at the CCBC Centre For Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach on Saturday for the team’s second of three pre-season matches. It follows the opening 28-7 win against Coventry at Butts Park Arena last Saturday.
“Alex has been at the club for a couple of seasons and has always performed to a high level whenever he has pulled on the jersey,” Ward said. “His professionalism has shone throughout pre-season on and off the pitch.
“He is always one of the first to arrive every morning, works hard every day and cares about the club. He was the outstanding candidate to represent the values that as a group we want to be known for.”