Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Justin Medlock has committed to staying in blue and gold for at least another two years.
The 35-year-old, one of the most accurate kickers in CFL history, was set to become a free agent on Feb. 12.
“As we headed into free agency, once again Justin was high on the list of players we needed to have back in our organization,” general manager Kyle Walters said in a news release.
“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 are thrilled to have him back.”
The 2019 season will be Medlock’s fourth with Winnipeg after signing as a free agent prior to the 2016 season. But there was a time when it wasn’t clear he would even be back for his third campaign.
Over 17 games in 2018, Medlock connected on 89.4 per cent of his field goals (42 of 47) and was the only kicker in the CFL to be perfect on convert attempts (52 of 52). He also led the league with 13 punts placed inside an opponent’s 10-yard line.
Put off retirement
In three seasons with Winnipeg, he has made 158 of 185 field goals (85.4 per cent) and 140 of 141 converts.
Medlock punted around the idea of quitting professional football following a 39-32 playoff loss to the Edmonton Eskimos, which ended the Bombers’ 2017 season.
Medlock did come around later, but only signed on for a year.
He has been named the team’s most outstanding special teams player in each of his three seasons with the Bombers and was the league’s most outstanding special teams player in 2016.
In eight seasons, Medlock’s field goal percentage sits at 86.5 per cent over 128 games.
In other team news, the Bombers on the weekend announced the signing of fullback John Rush to a two-year extension.
Rush, who was set to become a free agent next month, has spent the past two seasons with Winnipeg, playing in 31 games and recording seven special teams tackles.