Football: Rai Simons Signs With Chesterfield FC

April 8, 2015

Rai Simons

English League One team Chesterfield have signed Bermudian Rai Simons, the club announced today [Apr 8].

The marks the first professional contract for the 19-year-old footballer, who plays for Bermuda internationally, and scored in Bermuda’s 2-2 draw with Grenada last month.

“Chesterfield have signed Bermuda international striker Rai Simons from non-league Ilkeston,” a statement from the club said.

“The 19-year-old has been on Chesterfield’s radar for some time and manager Paul Cook is delighted to have clinched his signature.”

Mr. Cook said, “Rai is someone we have tracked for a while. We feel that he will develop as time goes on and have a bright future.”

After agreeing a two-year deal, Simons said: “I’m excited because I’ve been looking forward to this moment since moving to England at the age of 15. The set-up sounds brilliant and it is everything I could ask for.”

Posting on Twitter, the young Bermudian said he was “beyond excited to have signed my first professional contract today with Chesterfield.”

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  1. Keita says:

    Congrats Rai so very proud of you !!

    • Drink Water says:

      Just wondering, what team(s) did he play for in Bermuda?

      • Drink Water says:

        Why the dislikes? I asked a question. The article said he moved to England when he was 15, therefore one would assume he played locally for some local youth team like Village, PHC, DandyTown, Colts, Boulevard or someone else. It is a valid question and the answer is not in the story, so WTF with the dislikes!

  2. Smh says:

    Good Job!

  3. Kim Smith says:

    All best wishes to Mr. Simons as he joins the Chesterfield team. We look forward to seeing you in action!

  4. Catherine Dalziel says:

    Super cool! Well done – lots of hard work involved – so so so pleased it’s paid off! Congratulations!

  5. mixitup says:

    Check my boy! Proud.

  6. England fan says:

    Great work Rai, congratulations.

    Be careful if someone gives you a brown paper bag though, they have history in Cheaterfield.

  7. Joker says:

    Dislikes clearly have no knowledge of the history of English football, or the days when opposing fans would wave brown paper bags at the Chesterfield players to taunt them after it was found out that was how they were receiving illegal bonus payments.

  8. Davids Mom says:

    CONGRATULATIONS RAI

    Well deserved, you worked for it.