January 17, 2019 2:16 pm

Edmonton Eskimos re-sign kicker Hugh O’Neill

Edmonton Eskimos' Hugh O'Neill (70) reacts to a play against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during second half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday August 25, 2017.


The first pending free agent has signed a contract with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Punter, and Edmonton native, Hugh O’Neill signed a two-year contract extension on Thursday which will run through to the end of the 2020 CFL season.

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Last season, O’Neill recorded a 45.2-yard punt average and a net punting average of 36.8 yards. He pinned opponents inside their own 20-yard line nine times.

O’Neill handled kick-off for the Eskimos as well last season, averaging 61.5 yards per kick. He also recorded five special teams tackles.

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O’Neill will be entering his eighth CFL season in 2019 and his fifth with the Eskimos. He played for the U of A Golden Bears and was drafted by the B.C. Lions in the second round (11th overall) of the 2011 CFL Canadian College Draft.

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O’Neill was eligible to become of free agent on Feb. 12.

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