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Ward pays tribute to retiring Pennycook

Ealing Trailfinders’ regret to announce that Redford Pennycook has been forced to retire from playing after failing to recover from injury.

The back-rower moved to Vallis Way in 2014 and went on to make 16 appearances in which he captained the side once and scored three tries. 

"First and foremost I would like to thank Red for his contribution since he has joined the club, ” Director of Coaching Ben Ward said. 

“From a personal point of view it has been a pleasure to have played alongside him. There are certain players who you can always rely on to perform and Red was certainly one of those. When the going got tough, he was always someone who you could give the ball to who would inject some forward momentum or come up with a big hit or turnover just at the right time. 

“On the field we are losing a fantastic player, but he was more than that. He was a great personality to have around the club and will be sorely missed by everyone. It is obviously a tough time for any rugby player, but knowing Red I'm sure he will make a success of whatever he decides to do next. 

“I would like to wish Red and his family all the best for the future and I look forward to seeing him at a number of our games this season. He will be here for the London Scottish fixture and I'm sure many will want to have a beer with him.”

Pennycook made his name at hometown club Bristol, along with his brother Chevvy, who now plays for London Scottish. 

He played 84 times and scored 11 tries for Bristol and later played for Newcastle Falcons, for whom he scored two tries in 23 appearances.