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A highlight reel of quality... and more still to come

By Michael Sadlier

With199 games behind him, it's hardly surprising that Andrew Trimble has a fairly decent back catalogue of memorable moments in an Ulster shirt.

Some 67 tries in a career that has just entered its 11th year is not a bad body of work for the winger whose primary job is to plant the ball over the oppositions' line.

Trimble's entire professional career has been at Ulster so he has been on hand to experience the many highs and numerous lows as well since breaking into the side the season that then coach Mark McCall helped steer the province to the Celtic League title in 2006.

He was 21-years-old, and togging out in the centre alongside Paddy Wallace, when David Humphreys slotted that incredible drop goal, which bounced around the posts before deciding to fall on the right side for Ulster, on that day in May at the Liberty Stadium when the Ospreys were beaten and the league title secured.

So, the callow Trimble (right) got his hands on a winners' medal just eight months after making his debut at the Arms Park against Cardiff.

And, in an Ulster shirt, that has been as good as it's got in terms of obtaining the shiny stuff.

It rankles with him but at least there are other marvellous memories to put alongside his one piece of silverware won while representing his province.

Trimble's mesmerising try at Bath in January 2010 was a never to be forgotten moment as he got on the end of Simon Danielli's enterprising break to torch a raft of would-be tacklers with his pace to run from just outside his own '22' all the way to the line.

It was classic Trimble. Seeing a chance and then hitting the space and simply turning on the after-burners to just keep going for a scintillating solo run.

And there's plenty more. The score he grabbed at the Galway Sportsground in April 2013 was just magnificent.

Trimble began things by breaking out of his half before feeding Ruan Pienaar. The South African then arced inside and drew two tacklers before his reverse flick-pass found Trimble steaming up the wing channel with that familiar pace and power taking him over for what proved to be the PRO12 try of the season.

A year later and Connacht were again on the receiving end when Trimble crossed for his only Ulster hat-trick in a 58-12 eight-try thumping of the Western province at the then Ravenhill.

Then, recently, his break, chip and collect to touchdown against Toulouse brought Ulster's fans at the Kingspan to their feet to remind us all that, at 31, he still possesses the pace as well as the predators' instinct.

And, yes, he believes there's more to come.

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