Stoughton expects good year with new team

SEAN GRASSIE, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:00 PM ET

Jeff Stoughton says he has good history and a good comfort zone with the third hes reuniting with next season.

Stoughton will be back with Jon Mead, a player hes won three Manitoba championships win. The pair last curled together in 2005-06 when they lost the Olympics Trials final to Brad Gushue.

Lots of good history there and I think its a very good comfort zone, said Stoughton. The drive to win is there for both of us, so I think it will be a really good year next year. I think all of us are looking forward to it.

Mead was with Ontarios Wayne Middaugh the last few seasons.

I really am enjoying the game again like I hadnt thought I would, Mead said. Id love to see if this team could make one more run at the Brier. That would be a lot of fun and Im looking forward to the guys that Im playing with, and thats one of the nice things Ive had for a long time.

Reid Carruthers will play second, and Steve Gould is back at lead.

Carruthers, who won the 2003 Manitoba juniors and the 2008 Manitoba mixed, lost to Stoughton in the 2006 provincial mens final.

I feel that you need someone thats new, and wanting to learn, and wanting to play hard, and wanting to succeed, said Stoughton. I think that just helps everyone to remind you that its still a fun game and we got to keep on top of everything that you need to do.