NFL: British hopeful Menelik Watson signs contract with Oakland Raiders
Last Updated: 25/07/13 2:40pm
Menelik Watson: Second-round draft pick by the Raiders
Manchester-born Menelik Watson has announced that he has agreed terms on a contract with Oakland.
The offensive lineman was selected by the Raiders in the second round of the NFL Draft in April, and he has now signed a permanent deal.
Watson tweeted: "Just inked on as an official member of #raidernation. With hard work dreams do come true, but no matter what the grind never stops."
The 23-year-old suffered a boyhood ankle injury which ended his hopes of a career in professional football, but he turned to basketball and played for Marist College in New York for two years.
But he decided to switch to American Football in 2011 and became an offensive lineman at Saddleback Junior College in California.
He switched to Florida State for his final collegiate year, and he impressed in his 13 appearances as he allowed only one sack all season.
Watson is scheduled to report to the Raiders' pre-season training camp in Napa, California this week, with the first practice of the season taking place on Friday.