Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is confident it won't be long before we see an NFL franchise move to London and says that he'd be very interested in the opportunity of playing full-time in his native country.
We caught up with the British star ahead of the Eagles' 24-19 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Ajayi said he was gutted to miss out on a homecoming appearance at Wembley due to injury after tearing his ACL. However, on a more positive note, the Philly running back has made an encouraging start to his rehabilitation.
He told SPORTbible: "Recovery is going well, dealing with the surgery and rehab is tough so I'm just taking it day by day. I'm done for the year so hoping to get back for the start of next season so I'm fully focused and preparing on that"
Despite the 25-year-old Londoner not being able to take part in Sunday's game at Wembley he's confident that there'll be more opportunities to do so and potentially on a full-time basis.
Jay Ajayi at the pop-up his YURP^ event
When asked about the possibility of playing for a London-based franchise Ajayi said: "It's definitely something that I'd be interested in. Obviously everything would have to line itself up but in the future I would definitely have to have a look at the opportunity and strongly consider it."
The Eagles running back is also a big Arsenal fan and has been really encouraged by the Gunners' start to the season under new boss Unai Emery. "It's been great to see how successful they've been under the new manager and hopefully they can keep up that good run of playing well."
"Obviously there was a little bit of adversity at the very beginning but he (Emery) pushed through that and you can now see the result of all the hard work that he's been putting in. It's nice to have a fresh start and it's good to keep everyone on their toes as well as taking a few players out of their comfort zone."
"That's why you're starting to see the players play so well and get back to that beautiful football that we're known for"
Ajayi refused to be drawn on how far the Gunners could go this season and said it's all about "taking it game by game and seeing where they end up at the end." How high up the table do YOU think the Gunners will finish come next May?