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Andy ‘Razor’ Reay will wear three hats when Ealing Trailfinders make their return to the Greene King IPA Championship next season.
Centre Reay is already on the playing staff and has scored six tries from 16 matches so far this season. He is currently the defence coach and next season he will also take up a role as part of the strength and conditioning team ahead of his graduation with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from The University of Manchester.
“I’m delighted to be staying at Ealing Trailfinders, ” he said. “I've been welcomed into a young and ambitious coaching team with a great bunch of players.
“I am excited about improving as a coach, and am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the strength and conditioning team, something I have always been interested in. I look forward to playing a part in making Ealing Trailfinders a competitive Championship team and testing myself and these players at the next level.”
Reay’s work in defence has helped Ben Ward’s side become the second stingiest defence in National 1, with 558 points conceded by the end of the most recent match, at home to Rosslyn Park on 18 April.
His experience of the Championship will be vital to the West London side’s hopes of becoming a competitive side; the 32-year-old started with Harlequins and played 19 Premiership appearances for the side from the Stoop, followed by six with Bristol.
The Hillingdon-native then played over 180 matches for Moseley and London Scottish in the Championship before he moved to Vallis Way in the summer of 2014.
“Andy has settled in really well this year, ” Director of Coaching Ben Ward said. “It was his first year in coaching and as the year has gone on he has got better and better. I am looking forward to seeing him build and improve our defence next year.
“On the field he has shown in the big games that his experience has been vital and his defensive work making 15 - 20 tackles a game really makes a difference. The modern day centre can often be compared to a back row player and certainly Andy has shown that with his work at the breakdown and in defence.
“Andy will also be joining our S&C team and will provide valuable insight as a player to this department and further increase our infrastructure off the field.”