August 27, 2014 7:12 pm

Businesses try to lure Weston Dressler back to Sask.

REGINA – Rider Nation’s courtship of Weston Dressler has reached a fever pitch as local businesses try to sweeten the offer.

Italian Star Deli started the wave Wednesday morning on Twitter by offering the star receiver free sandwiches and his own spot on the menu, with one catch – he must decide to return to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“Free paninis for a year and a sandwich named after him, it’s on the table,” said Carlo Giambattista, the shop’s owner. “His agent should get ahold of my agent and we should negotiate.”

Evidently, Dressler is no stranger to the deli, with photos of Giambattista and Dressler on the wall.

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Rider fans have been on pins and needles, waiting to see if he’ll sign a new deal with the team after a short stint with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.

Other groups followed on social media with their own freebies, from cupcakes to car washes, trying their best to lure Dressler back to green and white colours.

“This (menu) board hasn’t changed for 40 years, but we’re putting a new board up if he signs,” Giambattista said. “One sandwich, number seven.”

What if Dressler chooses to sign with another team?

Giambattista joked, “If he doesn’t sign, we’re going to approach Rob Bagg!”

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