January 7, 2019 11:22 am
Updated: January 7, 2019 6:14 pm

Blue Bombers re-sign star kicker Justin Medlock

Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Justin Medlock kicks a field goal during first half CFL action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Mark Taylor / The Canadian Press

Justin Medlock will be wearing blue and gold for two more seasons.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Monday morning that star kicker Medlock – named the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in each of his three seasons as a Bomber – has agreed to a two-year contract extension.

“There’s something special with our team,” Medlock said by phone from Jupiter, Fla. “Hopefully we can put together a good season and get a Grey Cup.”

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Medlock, 35, has a career field goal percentage of 86.5 per cent – second best in CFL history.

“As we headed into free agency, once again Justin was high on the list of players we needed to have back in our organization,” said Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters.

“Kickers like Justin just don’t come around often, and his dedication to his craft, work ethic, attention to detail and overall professionalism all add up to being a truly elite talent in our league at his position.

“We’re thrilled to have him back.”

Medlock was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2016, and has played in 128 career CFL games over an eight-year career.

After a down season in 2017 Medlock contemplated retirement, but he rebounded in a big way in 2018. Last season, he was the only kicker in the league with a perfect record on convert attempts, and connected on 89.4 per cent of his field goals.

“It just felt like I was motivated again,” Medlock said. “And I had a little chip on your shoulder that you wanted to be better, and that was really one of the goals I really wanted to achieve — was to have a real stable year. And so I thought I had that in 2018, and hopefully carry it on to 2019.”

Medlock was set to become a free agent in February.

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