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Preo one of four to extend deal

Ealing Trailfinders’ players’ player of the year Adam Preocanin has put pen to paper to renew his deal with the club.

The second row is in his second spell in west London after he joined from London Scottish a year ago and he featured 20 times in the Greene King IPA Championship and scored four tries. 

His last came on the final day when Ben Ward’s side rounded off their season with a 45-12 victory at home to Rotherham Titans.

“I’m really happy to re-sign with Ealing Trailfinders, ” Preocanin said. “It is a club that I know very well and that is why I have signed for a fourth season. 

“We are keeping a strong core of players and there are likely to be some new arrivals to strengthen us further, so I am certain we can continue to grow as a club and push on in the league and cup.” 

Joining Preocanin in re-signing with the Vallis Way-based side are flanker Iain Grieve, hooker Karl Gibson and wing Callum Wilson.

Grieve moved to west London from Plymouth Albion and he brought vast experience of the Championship having played at that level for two seasons with Albion and before that Bristol. 

He scored three tries in 12 Championship appearances and captained the team in the away fixture against Jersey. 

Gibson is one of the club’s longest serving players having joined the club in 2006 and this season he featured in 14 Championship match-day squads. 

Wilson joined Ealing Trailfinders from the England 7s set-up from whom he had played while he completed his degree at Loughborough University. In his first season in W13 he played in the centre and wing and scored three tries in 13 league and cup appearances. 

“All four players have played a key role for the team this season, ” Director of Coaching Ward said. “Adam has been virtually an ever present in the league and his performances around the park have been very consistent. 

“Iain has a lot of top flight experience and has always led from the front when he has played. Karl and Callum will want to push on and get more game time next season and both bring qualities to their position. 

“The squad is starting to take shape nicely and it's been important to keep a core of the team from this season to put us in a good position to start pre-season.”