Watson signs for Oakland
Manchester-born Menelik Watson has completed his signing for the Oakland Raiders, the National Football League team has announced.
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Watson, 24, had been secured by the Raiders on a second round draft pick in the NFL draft in April.
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."
Watson was brought up in the Longsight area of Manchester and his dreams of a football career were ended by a boyhood ankle injury.
He played basketball before switching to gridiron in 2011. An offensive lineman, last season he made 13 appearances in his final collegiate season with Florida State.
Watson is due to report to the Raiders' training camp in Napa, California this week, with the first practice of the season taking place on Friday.