A SERBIAN rugby league player is on the lookout for a place to stay after being offered a second trial with Warrington Wolves - and is determined to fulfil ambitions of becoming a professional.

Stefan Nedeljkovic spent a month training with the club in July last year and has been invited back for a second spell when pre-season training begins in November.

But the 23-year-old, who works as a security guard in a casino in his native Belgrade, will need a place to call home while he is in Warrington.

The Serbian international said: “The first trial was unbelievable, I can honestly say it was the best experience of my life.

“For one month I managed to live my dream.

“Experiencing the English culture was great, I was staying at a friend's house in Huddersfield and travelling over with George and Toby King.

“There were too many great moments but I will say the feeling when I walked in to the gym for the first and saw all the players was the best memory.

“Rugby-wise, the experience I learnt was invaluable to the development of my game.

“I feel it has improved me so much that I asked Warrington if I can come back again this year to prove that I am good enough.

“I am very honoured that Warrington can see my ambition and that they have given me this opportunity to prove myself.

“However, there are still a number of obstacles for me to overcome until it can actually happen.

“I have been saving up money to pay for my flights, visa and living costs.

“Also if I can't find accommodation for the trial I won’t be able to come – I really need to find some accommodation to be able to attend the trial.”

Since his first trial finished he has returned to play for Dorcol Spiders in Serbia, but Stefan is determined that he will achieve his dream of becoming a professional rugby league player.

The versatile forward said: “I have been playing for my club back in Serbia and I have also played in a number of games for the Serbian national team.

“I also applied for the NRL rookie competition and managed to get through to the final pick out of thousands of applicants but unfortunately I didn't make the final team.

“Tony Smith had some really kind words to say about us last time – he said that we were good enough to play Championship rugby.

“This made me realise that if I have got myself to the level of Championship rugby while playing in the Serbian league – no disrespect, but we are a developing nation so the standard isn't the greatest – then how good could I become in a regular professional environment?

“Playing professional rugby league has been my dream for a long time now.

“I know I have the potential to be a full time rugby player and I won't give up until I achieve my goal.

And his fellow trialist Stevan Stevanovic may also be coming back over if work commitments allow.

Stefan added: “Stevan is extremely keen to come over too.

“His game has significantly improved since the trial and he is waiting a couple of weeks to see what happens with his job before making a final decision.”

Serbia is an emerging hotbed of rugby league, and Stefan hopes that he and Stevan can act as trailblazers in the development of the sport in Eastern Europe.

He said: “There is huge potential for rugby league in Serbia, since re-establishing in 2001 we have made unbelievable progress.

“Unfortunately there is a perception from clubs that just because we aren't from Australia or New Zealand that we aren't good enough.

“I hope that me and Stevan are evidence that Serbian players are good enough to be professional rugby players – all we need is to be given a chance.

“We have been working on a huge project that has seen over 1000 new players aged between 12-14 take up the game.

“These boys will be the future of Serbian rugby league.

“We are developing the game the correct way through grassroots rugby – too many nations are too quick to throw in a full team of third generation Australian heritage players instead of building the game in their country.”