Sunderland Spartans have their first game of the season on Sunday when they face off with local side DC Presidents.
This friendly takes place before their first league game of the season when they host Glasgow Tigers on November 6.
Wide receiver Patrick Anderson is excited for what will be his first game for the side.
“I’m looking forward to the season a lot,” he said. “Getting prepared for games with all the team should be fun.
“The whole season should be an enjoyable one, hopefully with a lot of wins.
“The team seems strong this year, if we keep training hard I think we have a real chance at winning the league.”
Sunderland host Glasgow at Gateshead Stadium at 1.00pm on November 6 after the friendly against DC Presidents, which takes place in Ryhope.