Rai Simons “Thrilled” With Chesterfield FC Role

October 9, 2015

Rai-Simons-profile-pic-Bermuda-genericBermudian footballer Rai Simons is reportedly “thrilled” with his role with Chesterfield FC, adding that he’s “had lots of messages from back home, which is great.”

An article in the Derbyshire Times says, “Summer signing Rai Simons says he’s been surprised how quickly he’s progressed to first team action at Chesterfield – but intends to make the most of it.

“The 19-year-old Bermudan international signed from non-league Ilkeston FC having come through the renowned academy setup at the New Manor Ground.

“Having made just a couple of eye-catching reserve team appearances for the Spireites he made his first team bow as a substitute against Burton Albion before earning his first start at Crewe last weekend.

“Meanwhile, Simons’ progress hasn’t gone unnoticed back home in Bermuda, where youngsters idolise those who progress into professional football in foreign climes, including Simons and the likes of Nahki Wells who is currently at Huddersfield Town and formerly striker Shaun Goater who had a great career with the likes of Manchester City and Rotherham.

“Many from the island move to the USA to play their football, but with Simons having been in England since he was 15, he was determined to break through in this country.”

Simons said, “I’ve had lots of messages from back home which is great. Not too much goes on in Bermuda so when someone from there does well it gets lots of attention.

“It’s great that I can hopefully be a role model to the young footballers there. I’m no different to any of them but have shown that with the right commitment and work ethic you can achieve your dreams.

“Many go to America because they want to be closer to home and can get college education there too, but I always wanted to be a pro in England so I’m thrilled to be doing that now.”

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