Salford Red Devils have announced a new long-term partnership with Red Star Belgrade Rugby League, in conjunction with Blocksport.
The partnership will further their talent identification programme and player pathway opportunities, with Head Coach of Salford Reserves, Stuart Wilkinson – previously Serbian national coach – already possessing an elite understanding into what benefits this relationship will bring.
Raw talent in the Balkans will become a particular interest, with a plan of honing top tier players. This will, in turn, assist the currently 8th ranked Serbian National Team progress and climb the rankings.
Managing Director, Paul King said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership agreement with the global brand of elite Serbian club, Red Star Belgrade Rugby League.”
“Our sincere thanks go to our colleagues at Blocksport for helping facilitate this alongside the team at Red Star.”
“As with our other partnerships, we are looking to assist in coaching, structure, player exchange and information share to play a part in facilitating the growth of the global game.
“From a brand awareness perspective we are looking to this partner agreement to project us onto a wider global screen which, in turn, presents increased commercial opportunities for the club and hopefully the sport thereafter.
“As always we endeavour to lead on these matters as we have with the Ghanaian partnership link into Africa amongst others and shall continue to invest both time and resources into ensuring success for all parties.”
The partnership follows the one Salford have established in Ghana with their national team to boost the sport in that region and widen the Red Devils’ talent pool.