Delisted Sun Patrick Murtagh has been chosen to feature as part of the NFL's International Player Program held at London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium alongside 37 others from 13 different countries.

The key defender resided in Papua New Guinea and Fiji growing up but ultimately settled back into the state he was born, Queensland.

Murtagh joins fellow Aussie Talitiga Lachlan Amosa and New Zealand talent Etule Junior Vinny Lui as those selected for the pathway.

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In a recent press conference, NFL GM Charlotte Oxford said: “The International Player Pathway program is an important part of our continued focus on growing the game globally and creating a pathway for international athletes to play in the NFL.”

“We are delighted to see these three talented athletes representing Australia and New Zealand on the International Player Pathway for 2023 and competing for a future spot on an NFL roster.”

Since its establishment in 2017, the program has seen 26 players come through to the NFL; most notably Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata.

Murtagh played 18 games for Gold Coast's VFL side this year.

The gun athlete will start a 10-week training stint in America on January 10 in the hopes of making the NFL as a tight-end in the 2023-24 season.