A former star US college football player has signed a deal to play rugby league under the unorthodox regime of the Walker brothers at the Ipswich Jets.
Silas Redd, played 15 games for NFL franchise the Washington Redskins before injury in 2015 ended his NFL career prematurely.
Jets coach Ben Walker believes the 25-year-old is the real deal and will play in the NRL.
"He's genuine, he's not just a college football player. He'll play NRL," Ben Walker told NRL.com.
"We've had college players before and they were close, one was actually 18th man two or three times. He was very close but this guy being ex-NFL, he's next level.
"You can tell that just looking at him. Silas is just that next level of athlete compared to what we've had come out from America before.
"If we can coach him and teach him what we know then there's no reason he can't play NRL.
"That's what he wants to do now. He has no desire to play NFL at all and he sees this as a real good challenge."
Redd played in the Jets exhibition game in Hawaii earlier this month with Walker indicating the former College star will be good as gold for round 1 of the Intrust Super Cup.