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Shingler seals switch to Ealing Trailfinders.

STEVEN Shingler has landed a deal for next season with Ealing Trailfinders just weeks after leaving the Arms Park to head to France.

Shingler found himself caught up in the uncertainty around the regional game in Wales and not getting much game time at Cardiff Blues with Gareth Anscombe and Jarrod Evans ahead of him for the No.10 jersey.

With the Project Reset discussions ongoing and budgets for next season unclear, the Blues weren't in a position to make him a firm new offer.

Weeks went by and when an opportunity to get regular rugby elsewhere came knocking, Shingler headed for France to link up with Division Two side Stade Montois until the end of the season.

Now, it's been announced the 27-year-old will be linking up with English Championship outfit Ealing Trailfinders next season.

Ambitious Ealing are battling with London Irish for promotion into the Gallagher Premiership, meaning Shingler could be playing top-level rugby again next season.

Ealing are second in the Championship table, eight points behind London Irish, and hope to overhaul them.

However, in order to be a Premiership club they must increase the capacity of their Vallis Way home, or seek to ground share, as Wasps and Bristol do.

Of the move, Shingler said: "I'm really looking forward to joining [director of rugby} Ben Ward and the team. "The current squad have had a great season and I hope I can contribute next year.

"Personally a chance to play back in England is very exciting and after talking to Ben and hearing about the clubs future ambition it is something I'm very much excited to be a part of."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Mar 29, 2019
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