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Centres Jenkins and Jones extend deals in west London

Aled Jenkins and Lewis Jones have both signed new contracts with Ealing Trailfinders that will keep them at Vallis Way for the 2017-18 season.

Both centres were new arrivals this season and they have pushed each other hard for the 13 shirt. 

Jenkins moved to west London from his hometown club Swansea early in the current campaign. He was previously involved with the Wales 7s team and the Ospreys Academy. 

The 26-year-old made his debut against Doncaster Knights in the Greene King IPA Championship and marked the occasion with a try. He then added a further four in his next four matches. 

“I’m chuffed to be signing for another year at Vallis Way,” Jenkins said. “I’ve really enjoyed being part of the team and it has been a good season for me and been great to involved in some great matches. 

“I’ve had plenty of competition and that has pushed me to play my best and I’d like to carry on that form and improve on it next year. It’s been a highly-enjoyable season and hopefully we can finish it on a high.”

Jones is in his first season of professional rugby after he joined Ealing Trailfinders from Leeds Beckett University, where he won England Students and U18 honours and helped the University win the 2015 BUCS Cup. 

He began on the bench on the opening day of the Greene King IPA Championship, at home to Yorkshire Carnegie and then made his Ealing Trailfinders debut in the second match of the season, away to Cornish Pirates.

In total Jones has been in the match-day squad 18 times so far and has scored four times, three of which have come in the last two matches. 

“I’m really happy to have re-signed with Ealing Trailfinders and have the chance to continue my momentum and development as a player,” Jones said. “I’ve really enjoyed developing my game with the coaches.

“I’m really looking forward to building for the future which starts with a good end to this season and making the play-offs.”

“I’m delighted to see both Lewis and Aled signing new deals next season,” Ealing Trailfinders Director of Rugby Ben Ward said. 

“Aled joined us late in pre-season and has made a real impact especially at home on our 3G pitch. He has great footwork and the fact we play with width really suits his game. With a full pre-season under his belt I'm expecting even more from him next season. 

“Lewis joined us last year and was a little quiet to start with. As the season has gone on he has understood his role more and more, especially in attack, and become an important player for us. His defensive work has been strong all year but it's his work with ball in hand that we are seeing more and more. 

“He is capable of playing at 13 and wing he gives us a good left foot kicking option and is strong in the air. 

“I'm expecting both players to really hit the ground running next season and give us good competition in midfield.”