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Simons: Raising the Flag For Bermuda

28 September 2015

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Striker Rai Simons became the latest player to make his Spirietes debut this season as he came on as a substitute in the second half of the match with Burton Albion on Saturday.

The chance to the impress was especially sweet for the Bermuda international as it was also his first Football League appearance after his arrival from non-league Ilkeston in the summer.

After the match Simons reflected on a landmark day: "I found out before the game that I was on the bench. The manager told me to get ready at half time and said he might put me on. That's what he did and I just tried to do what I can do.

"At first I was a bit nervous but then once I got out there it became just another football game and I did my best to get something for the team. I didn't make too many mistakes and it was just unfortunate that we couldn't get something.

"Now I'm looking forward to Tuesday, hoping to get on again and to do something positive for the team."

The 19-year-old is making waves back in his Caribbean home with his rapid recent career progression and wants to show his countryman just what can be achieved.

He explained: "I don't know what the reaction's been like back home but it's great for them to have something positive to get back to Bermuda to show the young kids that anything is possible if you try. If I have to be a role model then that's what I'm going to do, so I just have to keep pushing.

"I've been waiting for it all my life really so this one's for my parents and my friends at the end of the day."

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