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Lydon heads to Vallis Way for 2017-18

Peter Lydon is set to swap the south side of the River Thames for the north and join Ealing Trailfinders for the 2017-18 season from London Scottish.

Lydon has played for the Exiles for the past three seasons after joining from French club Stade Francais before the 2014-15 season. 

The 24-year-old can play either fly-half or fullback, though he has played predominantly in the number 15 jersey. He also possesses a powerful left boot, which has contributed most to the 642 points he has scored in 74 appearances for Scottish so far, including 23 in the Exiles 28-12 win over Ealing Trailfinders in December. 

“I’m delighted to be joining Ealing Trailfinders,” Lydon said. “Their progression over the last year has been impressive and I'm excited by the ambition for the future. The facilities are fantastic and I'm looking forward to making my contribution to team next season.  

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with London Scottish, but now I am looking forward to the next chapter of my career once this season ends.”

Last season Lydon pulled the strings as Scottish won 37-17 at Vallis Way and scored three conversions and two penalties. When Ealing Trailfinders won 28-26 at the Athletic Ground on Boxing Day he added another two conversions and a penalty to his points total. 

At the season’s end he was rewarded for his performances by being named London Scottish Player of the Season. 

Lydon hails from Kilkenny, but was born in the Netherlands’ capital, The Hague. He began playing rugby aged four for Kilkenny RFC. Later on he played in the Irish League for Seaport where he caught the eye of Stade Francais. 

He only played for one season in the French capital and featured mainly in the European Challenge Cup, but he trained alongside French international Jules Plisson and South Africa fly-half Morne Steyn. 

“We are delighted to bring Pete to Vallis Way next season,” Ealing Trailfinders Director of Rugby Ben Ward said. “He has been one of the standout players in the Championship over the last few years and has the ability to play at fullback and fly-half, which will add to our quality and depth in these positions. 

“He has a fantastic left boot out of hand and off the tee, and was instrumental in our defeat to London Scottish earlier in the season. We are looking to continually develop as a team and his ability as a playmaker and strike runner will be a huge asset next season. 

“It's testament to our progression that we are able to attract someone of his quality and we will be announcing further re-signings and new signings over the coming weeks.”