Winnipeg – As the Winnipeg Blue Bombers wrapped up the major portion of their training camp Monday, kicker Justin Medlock strolled off the field with a big smile on his face, looking like a man who is happy in his new surroundings. And he is.
“I’ve been eyeing this place for a while. The long snapper here, Chad Rempel, I know him. We’ve been training together for years, he comes down to Florida. I like the place, the stadium and I like playing for O’Shea. I played with him for a short bit and I felt like I could be successful here,” said Medlock.
Medlock hasn’t been shy about talking about his kicking proficiency. He has a career success ratio of 87.5% on field goals in his CFL career, prompting Medlock to say “Well I think if you play this game, you should think you are the best. I think I’m the best so, I don’t know. We’ll see what happens and hopefully I will go down as the best later on down the road. But there’s some good kickers in this league. Paul McCallum, who I think was a great kicker in this league, you can’t short him any credit.”
Medlock says he is anxious to make his first kicks as a Blue Bomber in Wednesday’s pre-season opener against Montreal. “I want to go out there and put a good showing in. You know I want to put some good reps out there so that we’re ready for the season. That’s the way I look at pre-season, put some good reps out there and get ready for the season.”
The 32-year old Medlock has not only made 87.5% of his career regular season CFL field goals, he has connected on 16 of 19 kicks in the playoffs and Grey Cup. The Bombers expect a high degree of excellence from Medlock and there is nothing in his CFL history to suggest they should expect anything else.