Red Star Belgrade have formally announced their intentions to submit a bid to join League 1.

In a statement posted on social media, the Serbian club says it will seek investment to build a strong application.

The club has previously competed in the Challenge Cup and recently announced a player development partnership with South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Their statement explains: “Red Star Belgrade’s management and the board have unanimously agreed that in 2020 we will seek investment to enter the RFL system in League 1.

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“Red Star Belgrade have held general discussions and believe there is strong potential for our bid once it is formally submitted.

“As part of our charter, we will outline the following to our fans and members:

“We will only submit an application once we have what we believe is sufficient investment and sufficient membership to show that we are a club with a long-term future.

“Upon the submission, the RFL will then review our submission, conduct all relevant due diligence and seek a vote of the existing clubs in the RFL structure.”

The statement goes on to explain why the club are choosing to make this information public, while urging fans who believe in their project to show their support.

“If you want Rugby League to expand, we are a club who seek to grow the game by investing in players and infrastructure in Serbia.

“Our rules as a club will require consistency and minimum numbers of Serbian players in our squad and in our game day lists.

“If you believe this is a good cause and you want to see more international expansion of the game, we urge you all that now is the time to make your voice heard.

“To our friends and supporters in the UK, if you believe we will add to the strength of the game in the UK through our brand, and our promise to support, develop and nurture the grassroots levels of the game we also urge you to support in any way you can.

“We love the game of rugby league and want to see it rise in popularity. We hope to be a model of future expansion across Europe.

“It you believe in us, please let us know!”