Christian Wade: Ex-England winger signs for Buffalo Bills

Wade joins the Buffalo Bills through the NFL's International Player Pathway Program

The Buffalo Bills were allocated former England worldwide wing Christian Wade, the club announced on Monday, as part of the NFL's global Player Pathway Program.

Wade quit Gallagher Premiership side Wasps in October to join the NFL's International Pathway Program, which offers players from outside of America a route into the sport.

Since December, Wade and the other candidates trained alongside National Football League veterans and draft hopefuls in Florida under the supervision of IMG Academy coaches, including running back coach Earnest Byner, offensive line coach Paul Dunn, linebackers coach Pepper Johnson and wide receiver coach Larry Kirksey.

He told a conference call: "With the recent news I'm completely lost for words".

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Wade, ran in 82 tries for Wasps during his spell with the club, making him the third highest try scorer in the history of England's top division.

The Bills confirmed on Monday that Wade will join their ranks through the global player pathway programme, allowing them to carry 91 players on their roster instead of the typical 90-player off-season roster. [Practice squad] is not really an aim for me. "I've tried to take every moment as it comes and hit it hard".

As part of the program, Wade is eligible to make the team in 2019 but if he doesn't he can be placed on the Bills' practice squad and will be exempt from the 90-man roster. I love it and can't wait to see how they do things out there, get stuck into the culture and learn as much about Buffalo as possible. Every time I think about [it], I start to well up.

He follows in the footsteps of former Worcester Warriors forward Christian Scotland-Williamson, who was allocated to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018 before being signed to the team's practice squad.

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