York ready to lend experience to Championship campaign
New signing Chris York is aiming help use his experience of playing in the Aviva Premiership for Ealing Trailfinders' benefit once the Greene King IPA Championship season kicks off.
York is one of the many new faces to arrive at Ealing Trailfinders. He played for both Harlequins and Newcastle Falcons in the top flight and also helped the Geordies win the 2013 Championship title.
The number eight arrived from Newcastle with centre Danny Barnes, who also played for Munster, while the likes of Iain Grieve, Tristan Roberts and Rhys Lawrence all have experience of playing in the top flight.
“We’ll try and bring as much as we can, ” York said. “Having come from the Premiership you pick up a lot of things from certain players that have been in that league for a long, long time, so that when it comes to times like these you can give out as much knowledge as possible.
“There are a couple of things I hope to share and hopefully they can give me some tips back as well.”
York played for Newcastle for three years. He joined them from Harlequins having helped them to the 2012 Premiership title and went on to play 39 matches and score two tries for Dean Richard’s side.
However, the chance to link up with Ealing Trailfinders on their return to the Championship meant that the Epson-native was happy to return south to try to help the team establish itself in English rugby’s second tier.
“I liked the rugby that has been played here the last couple of seasons, a free-flowing game that goes hand in hand with what I like to play; ball in hand and using my skills, ” he said.
“I would love to see us stay up initially and do as well as we can do. I don’t want to put a number or a place in the league of what we should be aiming to, but as long as we play the rugby we’re developing now in pre-season and taking that into the season then I’m sure we’ll creep up that ladder quicker than most people think.”