Former NFL triallist Brandon Kaufman has joined the Suns as an international scholarship player, becoming the club's first recruit from overseas.

The 25-year-old spent the 2013 NFL pre-season with the Buffalo Bills but didn't feature in a regular-season match for the club.

Following his release by the Bills, Kaufman was spotted by Suns recruiters who were impressed by his athleticism and handling skills as a wide receiver.

The Denver, Colorado product stands at 196cm and has shed 9kg during enhanced endurance training to tip the scales at 96kg.

"I picked up a Sherrin for the first time in November and, since then, there hasn't been a day where I haven't learnt something new," Kaufman said.

"I'm beginning to feel more comfortable with the Sherrin in my hands and I've still got time to keep getting better and better."