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Carter and Penberthy extend deals for 2017-18

Halfbacks Luke Carter and Aaron Penberthy have penned extensions to their existing deals to keep them with Ealing Trailfinders for the 2017-18 season.

Carter has established himself as first-choice scrum-half in Ben Ward’s side since his move from Rotherham Titans in the summer and he has regularly featured in a halfback partnership with Penberthy. 

The former Rosslyn Park number nine has played 23 matches so far in the Greene King IPA Championship and British and Irish Cup and has scored three tries.

“I’m really happy to be staying, the club is moving in a great direction and it is great to be part of it,” Carter said. 

“I’ve really enjoyed my rugby this year and I’m looking forward to a strong finish to the season and carrying on in the same vein next season.”

Cornish native Penberthy arrived in west London in time for Ealing Trailfinders’ trip to Penzance to take on Cornish Pirates in the third match of the league season and he made his debut off the bench at the Mennaye Field. 

He previously played for Pirates and Jersey Reds and then moved to Spanish champions Silver Storm El Salvador. The 24-year-old only stayed for a short period before he returned to the Championship with Ealing Trailfinders. 

Since he joined Ealing Trailfinders Penberthy has played 17 times and scored 140 points.

“I’m very pleased to have re-signed after such a good year,” Penberthy said. “I was at a tricky stage of my career when I arrived, but the club have helped me return to the level of rugby I know I’m capable of playing. 

“I’ve really enjoyed my rugby and I’m really looking forward to hitting the ground running after a full pre-season and hitting the ground running next season.”

The pair are the first to extend their deals with Ealing Trailfinders and the club is set to announce further re-signing in the coming weeks. 

“The season has gone well so far and we are looking for continuity with our squad for next season,” Director or Rugby Ward said. 

“Luke has had a good season and established a good halfback partnership with Aaron. He gives us a real running threat and can play the game at the high tempo we like. 

“He has worked hard on areas of his game that needed improving and I expect to see him kick on next season. 

“Aaron has made a real impact since joining and has taken control of our backline. He has a good kicking game and his distribution has created untold opportunities to attack from. Aaron missed pre-season, so has always been playing catch-up, but his performances have been really good and I expect him to keep improving next season. 

“With Rory Clegg we have great competition at 10 and I expect the two to push each other for the starting shirt each week.”