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Muamba thinks Blue on right track

Linebacker says agent working on deal with club

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Bombers LB Henoc Muamba came up short at Thursday night's awards ceremony.

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Regina -- Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Henoc Muamba enjoyed being nominated for Most Outstanding Canadian, but would like to return to the Grey Cup for the real prize.

Muamba came up short in the voting Thursday, losing to Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish, but still recorded an outstanding season.

"I'd like to be back here with my teammates. That's why we play. To be in the game on Sunday," said Muamba.

Blue Bombers fans want to know what teammates Muamba will call his own next season. He's a pending free agent and has yet to sign a deal with the Bombers.

'I think we can get something done... My agent is working on it and we'll see where it goes'

-- Henoc Muamba

"I think we can get something done. I love Winnipeg and the atmosphere in the stadium and our locker-room. The guys hung together this year," said Muamba. "My agent is working on it and we'll see where it goes."

Muamba will have multiple offers if he waits until Feb. 15. One concern he has is the direction the Bombers are heading in.

"So far, it looks like they're on the right path. I like Wade Miller and in the few conversations we've had I've been impressed," said Muamba. "Hopefully they can continue to make positive steps."

A NEW O'DAY: The Bombers are expected to ask the Saskatchewan Roughriders for permission to speak with assistant GM Jeremy O'Day to discuss Winnipeg's vacant GM position.

O'Day told the Free Press on Thursday he'd wait to be contacted before deciding if he would sit down for an interview with Bombers CEO Wade Miller.

Miller is also expected to ask for permission to talk to Riders quarterback coach Khari Jones. The former Bombers QB smiled when asked if he was interested in the head coaching position in Winnipeg.

"No comment," said Jones. "You've got to do your job and I appreciate that, but I've got a job to do this week. Maybe I'll talk to you next week."

Miller says the Bombers are getting close to hiring a GM.

"Obviously we're doing things a little more quiet than in the past," said Miller. "The timeline is shortening. In the next couple of weeks we'll announce a GM and then he'll hire a coach. We still have some people to talk to."

Miller laughed when asked if he'd already made his decision and had not announced it. Many in the CFL believe Miller will promote assistant GM Kyle Walters into the top job.

"Come on. I'm not going to tell you that," said Miller. "This is about the Grey Cup week. This is about our great league and our great partners."

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 22, 2013 C4

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