The French hired a back from the English second division that stood out in his first season as a professional player.
Betting on the future is always risky, but in times of a pandemic it is an imperative to be able to sustain budgets. Toulon is no exception and the eye fell on a young man who works in the second division of English rugby whom he hired and made him cross the English Channel.
Harrison Obatoyinbo He left the modest Ealing Trailfinders club after Toulon activated the release clause of his contract. The player who trained at the West London Academy had been promoted to the Ealing first team for the 2020/21 season, but the Top 14 club approached and now went to France.
The London club made the announcement with big drums and cymbals on its website. Obatoyinbo was one of the jewels of the club that can act in any of the three positions at the bottom of the field. Great friends with the try this season he scored 9 conquests in 11 games. Another fact that surely caught the attention of the French is that in those 11 games it also left 74 players on the road.
“The past 12 months with Ealing Trailfinders have been fantastic. They have a great rugby infrastructure and community that have made me feel welcome and loved. Ealing Trailfinders is a great opportunity for young players aiming to be professional. Thank you to everyone who helped me start my career, “said the player.
Ealing Rugby Director Ben Ward said the move is a sign of significant progress made by the Trailfinders Rugby Academy: “From a selfish point of view I don’t like Harrison leaving, however it is a great opportunity and our job at the academy is to provide a platform for our young players. “
“I am proud of the progress he has made and I wish him the best in his new club, we will closely monitor his progress and he will be welcome at any time,” added Ward, clarifying that “once again, this shows that the route of the Premiership to become professional, but an environment that supports players and gives them opportunities. We are extremely proud of how our academy works and this shows how much talent we have on our team. ”