KRIS Gacuma grew up playing many sports but he now feels settled with American football.
The West Sydney Trojans under-20s player is preparing for the new season with the club, which includes players from Liverpool and its rural suburbs.
Gacuma, 18, of Hinchinbrook, went to Clancy Catholic College, West Hoxton. He linked with the Trojans in 2013.
"I played a lot of sports growing up — you name it, I played it."
Gacuma said he instantly felt comfortable playing the game and learning the skills of the game.
"I have always watched American football on television," he said.
"I am a New England Patriots fan and I study how the wide receivers play the game in the NFL."
Gacuma said rugby league experience prepared him for collisions at multiple angles.
Trojans coach David Ward, who plays for the club's senior team, the West Sydney Pirates, said Gacuma is one of the most promising young players he's coached.
"This will be his second season and Kris is very good, he's quick, strong and athletic," Ward said.
"When he turns 20 Kris will make a natural transition to the Pirates senior team. "Kris had a great rookie season last year and he should have another top season in 2014. He has all the skills and if we use him right in our offence, the team will have a good season."The Gridiron NSW season starts on Saturday, March 1.
"We're always looking for new recruits," Ward said.
"Throughout a season we have a squad of 30 and you can play in this competition from age 15 to 19."
Details: wspirates.com, or contact David Ward, on 0410 472 531.