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Posted Friday, October 12th 2018

Curtly Ferguson joins Rutigliano

Bristol Flyers II forward  Curtly Ferguson has inked a deal to play with Rutigliano in Italy. 

Ferguson began the season averaging a double-double for the men’s second team. He was part of the starting five for the Flyers II team that won NBL Division Four South West last season, earning promotion into NBL Division Three South.

Ferguson grew up in Bristol and was one of hundreds of local players to be inspired by the career of Greg Streete. Bristol Flyers legend Streete coached Ferguson in his early days as a player. He began his senior national league career with Bristol Storm and also played a season for Swindon Shock before signing for the Flyers in the 2016/17 season.

Streete commented: “I’m really pleased that Curtly is being recognised for his talent with a contract overseas. He is proving that athletes from Bristol can fulfil their dreams playing the sport they love for a living in Europe.

When Flyers re-launched their second team in the 2017/18 season, Ferguson was one of the first players to sign up. He was a consistent veteran presence across their debut season and helped the team come together and find a winning formula. His athleticism, commitment and defence bolstered the team throughout the year.

Rutigliano are based in the city of the same name in Southern Italy. They compete in the Italian Serie D competition.

The Flyers organisation wishes him every success with the opportunity he has earned. He will be sorely missed by his coaches and teammates in Flyers II.

Captain Roy Owen commented “I speak on behalf of myself and the team wishing Curtly all the best in Italy. He is one of Bristol’s most underrated players and 100% deserves this opportunity.

“While we are disappointed that we won’t be playing with Curtly for the rest of the season we will all be supporting him. We know he will be representing Bristol and the Flyers from afar.”

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