Red Star Belgrade Rugby League Club are very pleased to announce the mid-seasoning signing of Scotland Under 19 rugby league half back Fergus Simpson. Fergus’ inclusion in the Red Star squad will help the team cover injuries and disruptions due to the impact of the Covid 19 impact and allows Fergus to continue his growth and expansion of knowledge in the game of rugby league. Fergus, still to turn 20, has a decorated junior career in both codes of the game and has played for Newcastle Thunder Under 19’s and represented Brisbane in both codes at junior age levels, showing his adaptability and love of travel. Fergus will be the second Scotland Under 19’s representative to have played for the red and white after Sam Herron.
Red Star Belgrade Rugby League Club Managing Director, Colin Kleyweg praised the attitude of Fergus in his statement for the club, saying:
“Fergus, and his father have been in contact through the first months of 2021 seeking opportunities to play rugby league. While we initially held discussions providing general advice on rugby league opportunities, it became apparent in conversations with Fergus and his father that Fergus is a brilliant young man deserving of opportunities in the game, from a supportive and strong family. Fergus and his father have shown commitment to our club and have supported our initiatives to grow the game in Serbia and with his excellent CV in rugby league and talent in a key play-making position like half back, it became pretty obvious we would be an excellent fit in his journey both in sport and in life. We are really excited to see how this relationship develops and to working with Fergus on his game.”
Fergus Simpson stated:
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to play for a club with such a strong presence within the game and I cannot wait to meet my new teammates and take the field with them. It will be a great chance for me to personally improve my game and to hopefully win some titles and silverware with an outstanding club”
Vojislav Dedićone half of the current Red Star Belgrade RL coaching team with Stefan Nedeljković stated:
“We are glad to have signed Fergus, It is a good oportunity for him to play rugby league and live in differrent country, he will get playing and life experience with us. With him in the team we are going to have better structure and direction in attack. Even though he is young all of us can learn something new from him."