17th January 2019, 14:40 | ChallengeCup
Progress for Red Star Belgrade in the Challenge Cup 'would mean the world' to Serbian Rugby League, according to Red Star International Director, Matthew Wright.
Red Star have been handed a tough-looking trip to Cumbrian side Millom in the Challenge Cup first round, but Wright is relishing the prospect of his side's first-ever Challenge Cup tie.
"It's a real piece of history and we can't wait," said Wright
"The boys are used to cold conditions out in Serbia, so they'll be comfortable with it and looking forward to coming across. Millom are a tough and resilient side - they'll give us a game for sure.
"But hopefully we can draw in a big crowd and really help make it an event for Rugby League as a whole," he added.
Red Star are firmly established in Serbia, having been founded in 2006. Their first league title came in 2014, but they hit new heights in 2018.
Wright explains: "We're pretty established out in Serbia. We won four titles last season, the first time we've achieved that, but i guess we're a bit of an unknown entity in the UK and we'll be looking to bring something a little different across from Belgrade.
"We've got a few internationals in our squad - look out for the likes of Milos Zogovic, our full back, he's a real live wire."
Serbia fell short of World Cup qualification this year, and Wright believes a Cup run would be a real boost to Serbian Rugby League.
He said: "It would be massive for us if we could get a cup run going, it would be a great spectacle.
"Obviously it would be a boost for Serbian Rugby League as well after we missed out on qualifying for the World Cup, which was a bitter blow - it would mean the world to us to make the second round.
"If we can come to UK shores and show we're an entity to be feared, it should be really exciting."