Celtic trio sign up for Championship challenge
Welsh pair Will Harries and Nathan Buck and Irish flanker Danny Kenny have all extended their deals with Ealing Trailfinders ahead of the clubs return to the Greene King IPA Championship.
All three have played significant roles as Ben Ward’s side topped the National 1 table.
Welsh international Harries was a firm fixture at fullback and scored eight tries in 17 matches. He has also featured for Wales 7s this season and his experience with Northampton Saints, Bedford Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons will be important in the next level up.
“I’ve really enjoyed this season at Ealing Trailfinders on and off the pitch, ” Harries said. “I feel the club is moving in the right direction and we have played some really good rugby this season.
“My family have come to watch me play in a few different places over the years but they especially like the atmosphere and the fans at Vallis Way. I think we can be a top Championship club and that has got to be our goal for the season.”
Newport-born Buck has anchored the scrum from tight-head prop, featured in 26 matches and weighed in with two tries.
He is another with experience of Championship-level rugby having previously played for Newport Gwent Dragons in the Pro12 and Cross Keys in the Welsh Premiership.
“It was an easy decision for me to re-sign, ” Buck said. “We've had a brilliant season with great group of boys and I've really enjoyed being a part of it. The club is definitely going places, and I am very excited to see what we can do next season.”
Danny Kenny quickly established himself in the first team match-day squad with a number of abrasive displays in the back-row. He also captained the side eight times.
He has been affected by injuries for the last few months, but is now back to full fitness and ready to play a full part in pre-season.
“I wanted to stay as I felt very welcomed from day one, ” Kenny said. “I feel as though Ealing Trailfinders are a club with great ambitions, strong belief and a club that is going in the right direction and I want to be a big part of that.
“I guess for any club promoted the initial response is to maintain and cement yourself in the league for next season, but I want to keep winning and believe with the squad we have we can keep doing that.”
“Will's CV speaks for itself but one of the things that has really stuck in my mind this season is Will's training ethic, ” Ward said. “He is always one of the last people off the training field and is not afraid to speak up if it is going to improve the team.
“Bucky has fitted into our squad very nicely. He works hard round the pitch and gives us the platform needed at set piece. I really think with a good pre season he can be a stand out prop in the Championship and I'm delighted to have him on board.
“Danny has shown great leadership qualities this season. His work in the air especially at kick-off time was exceptional in the early months of the season and he brings an intensity and physicality to the game. His speed around the park suits how we want to play and I'm looking forward to working with Danny next season.”