Chatham’s Andy Fantuz signs with Ticats for 4 years

Andy Fantuz of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, seen pictured when he was with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Photo from Hamilton Tigercats

By Greg Holden

Chatham’s own Andy Fantuz has signed for 4 years to a deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fantuz, a slotback, was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian after catching 87 passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns in 2010. He won the Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007, the only team he has played with in the CFL. Fantuz helped the Roughriders reach 3 Grey Cup games in his 6 years on the team.

Buoyed at the news he would be playing closer to home, Fantuz said “I’m coming home. After a very difficult deliberation process, the opportunity to play for my local team, in front of family and friends, was impossible to refuse. While Rider Pride will always be a part of me, it’s time to head to Tigertown”, adding “I look forward to getting to know my new teammates and representing the Tiger-Cats in Southwestern Ontario. Oskee-wee-wee!”

Vice president of football operations Bob O’Billovich said on the team’s website, “The opportunity to acquire a talent like Andy Fantuz in the prime of his career doesn’t happen very often.  It’s great news for our players and our fans in Tigertown and I know Coach Cortez is excited to get Andy on the field with our already talented group of players on offence.”


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