Winnipeg Blue BombersÕ Lirim Hajrullahu watches as his kick sails through the uprights for a field goal during the first half of a CFL football game against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday July 25, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Toronto Argonauts announced today that the team has signed Canadian kicker/punter Lirim Hajrullahu.
“Two years ago Lirim was the West Division nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award and is a player who has proven that he can handle all three jobs. As a Canadian, he is a player that provides ratio flexibility,” said Argonauts GM Jim Barker.
“Last year was hopefully a great learning experience for him and we expect him to come back this year in the form he showed as a rookie.”
Hajrullahu, a 5-11, 205-pound native of St. Catherines, Ontario arrives in Toronto after spending the last two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 35 games, the 2014 West Division Most Outstanding Special Teams Player hit 62-of-78 field goals (79.5%, LG 53) and punted 237 times for 10,507 yards, an average of 44.3 yards per punt.
“He is player who has proven that he can handle all three jobs. As a Canadian, he is a player that provides ratio flexibility.”
“I’m excited for the opportunity to play for the Toronto Argonauts and play closer to home in front of my friends and family,” said the Argos addition.
“I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity and will be working extremely hard to prepare for the upcoming season. I can’t wait to begin our journey towards the 104th Grey Cup at BMO Field.”
In five seasons at Western University, he set school records career points (402) and career field goals (72). The 2013 OUA All-Star and second-team All-Canadian hit 29-of-34 field goals with a long of 47 yards in his final season with the Mustangs.
I’m extremely grateful to be joining the @TorontoArgos organization and I can’t wait to get on the field at BMO