Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club

Neville doubles up for Championship return

Ealing Trailfinders stalwart Steve Neville will have double the work load for the club’s return to the Greene King IPA Championship next season.

He has re-signed as part of director of rugby Ben Ward’s playing squad and has also been appointed as a coach in the strength and conditioning team.

Earlier in the season the 30-year-old Neville was one of the inaugural inductees into the Ealing Trailfinders hall of fame having played over 200 times for the club since he joined in 2006.

He is the latest player to take up an off-field role with the club; centre Andy Reay also joined the strength and conditioning team, while wing Phil Chesters joined the medical staff.

“I am pleased to have signed for the forthcoming season, ” Neville said. “I am approaching my 10th year at the club and I have seen it go through many positive changes. 

“It was an easy decision to stay with Ealing Trailfinders because the club is very ambitious and supportive. I am excited about my new role and I hope to implement further constructive changes as the club becomes increasingly professional.”

During his time at Vallis Way the Preston-born prop forward has twice won the National 1 title and was a National 2 South winner in 2011. 

In total he has played 205 matches for the team and scored three tries. He was a mainstay of the Ealing Trailfinders side that appeared in the Championship for the first time in 2013-14 and his experience of that campaign will prove vital as the West London side returns to the second tier of English professional rugby. 

“Steve has been an important part of the squad for the last 10 years, ” Ward said. “He is the type of player you want in your squad, as he just gets on with whatever is asked of him and gets the job done. 

“To make over 200 appearances for one club in the front row shows his loyalty and that he has evolved with the club over the years. I am especially looking forward to seeing his influence off the field working with the strength and conditioning team and providing a link between this area and the medical department. It further strengthens our backroom team and continues to build our infrastructure off the field.”