This week's 'Player Spotlight' shines on Thurrocks very own Silver Fox, Earl Gorman.
Earl is currently in his 19th season as a member of the senior squad having made his 1st XV debut way back in 2000 as a fresh 18 year old under the tutelage of former All Black, Hika Reid.
Earls Thurrock journey started even earlier in 1990 playing at an Upminster festival as an under 8, he loved it so much he hasnt looked back since.
Earl played all the way through the age groups and went onto play in the successful Colts group that also included the likes of Wayne Tredwell, Chris Banks, Aaron Woodward, Det Leebumrung and Sam Porter all of whom would go onto play 1st XV for T's.
Earls first year in the 1st XV would see him play whilst Thurrock were in the old London 1, now known as London Premier. Thurrock would unfortunately be relegated at the end of that season.
Earl, having impressed at an early age with T's was invited to have trials with Harlequins but just missed out on making the squad. He has gone onto represent Essex, Eastern Counties and London & South-East as well as International honours whilst playing for the Great British and England Police teams.
Having cemented his place in the Thurrock team and helping the team establish themselves in London 2 North, Earl would move onto a new venture with Eton Manor following Thurrock's relegation from London 2 North in 2008.
Luckily for Ts, Earl was only away for half a season as he returned in February 2009 scoring a Hatrick on his 2nd debut away to Norwich as the young team under the guidance of Jamie Daisley & Butch Wilkins looked to rise up the leagues.
Earl played a key part in this as his experience and hard running style helped guide the young team to promotion from London 2 North East in 2010 and then once more from London 1 North in 2012 with Ts returning to National League Rugby for the first time in over a decade.
Earl has continued to make an impact every time he dons the Black & White hoops with his unique running style and speed always causing problems for the opposition's defence.
As our records only go back to 2010, we only have Earl on 154 caps to date, but there is no doubt he has amassed well over 300 caps having been involved with the team for so long.
For Thurrock, Earls highlights were scoring a Hatrick in the Essex Cup victory over Woodford in 2005 as well as the 2 promotions between 2010-2012.
With Earl now in the twilight of his career, he is still able to give a massive contribution to the squad and has most recently taken over the Captaincy for the 2nd XV as he looks to help the future stars of Thurrock develop.
And finally, everyone at TRFC would like to congratulate Earl not only on an amazing career with Ts but also on his selection for England as they look to win the Police World Cup in Hong Kong. If anyone would like to help with Earls Sponsorship, please get in touch with the club or with Earl directly.