‘Lost for words right now’: Former England rugby star Christian Wade joins the Buffalo Bills as he moves step closer to realising NFL dream
- Christian Wade, 27, lost his love for rugby and wanted to switch to NFL
- Buffalo Bills decided to sign Wade on International Player Pathway contract
Christian Wade will have a shot at the American dream after he was signed by NFL side the Buffalo Bills six months after sensationally quitting rugby.
The former England, Wasps and British & Irish Lions wing, 27, lost his love for rugby and left the Premiership back in October in order to pursue a new career in American Football.
And on Monday he was picked up by the Bills where he will train as a running back with their practice squad for a season.
Former England rugby star Christian Wade has joined the Buffalo Bills ahead of the new season
Wade decided to turn his back on rugby in October as he wanted to launch a career in NFL
After the news was announced, Wade said on his official Twitter account that he was ‘lost for words right now.’
While he will not play in fully-fledged NFL matches, Wade could play games in pre-season.
The former Whitgift school boy, who scored 82 tries in the league with Wasps to place him third on the all-time list, is now part of a 91-strong Bills squad for the coming year.
Under the International Player Pathway agreements he is not allowed to be cut for 12 months.
In signing for Buffalo he follows in the footsteps of former Worcester lock Christian Scotland-Williamson, and ex-England U20 flanker Alex Gray who are with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons respectively. Neither have yet broken into the main squads.
Wade went through a series of tests recently to prove his worth in front of NFL scouts, and recorded a 4.53-second 40-metre dash time.
He has been training in Florida since December, and while he was not signed by a team out-right, having been placed with the Bills Wade has a full year to impress with no risk of being dropped.
The 27-year-old was expected to be included in the NFL Draft but the Bills have signed him up
Have something to say? Leave a comment: