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After a dynamite season in blue and gold, kick returner Troy Stoudermire is set to play three more seasons in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers fold.
Friday, the club announced it had inked Stoudermire to a three-year contract extension, that -- if all goes well -- will keep him running back the ball through 2017. He joined the Bombers in late June, after Saskatchewan cut him loose, and played his first game for the club Aug. 12.
Calling Stoudermire "a game changer," Bombers GM Kyle Walters indicated the signing was a no-brainer. "The second he gets his hands on the football, there is a potential for a scoring play," Walters said in a statement. "Those players are hard to find and when you do, you have to do your best to retain them."
The numbers back that up. Though Stoudermire played in only seven games this past season, he finished third in the league in combined special teams yards with 1,192, and led the CFL in combined yards per game. In each of his first three games, he busted out punt returns that topped 60 yards. The most memorable of those was a 64-yard scoring return in the Labour Day Classic that earned him the title of CFL special teams player of the week.
"From the second I got to Winnipeg I felt good about this team, and this organization," Stoudermire said in a statement. "I was able to show some of my skills returning kicks, and I'm grateful they have asked me to remain here for a while. That definitely goes both ways. As much as they wanted me, I wanted to a remain a Blue Bomber for a long time."