Ferbey cooks up new foursome

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 PM ET

Randy Ferbey found himself between a rock and a hard place, and the rock won.

Having recently contemplated giving up the game of curling entirely, the four-time Brier champion is back on board for the 2011-12 season after joining his second new rink in as many years.

Ferbey will be skipping and throwing third stones for a new rink made up of Brendan Melnyk at lead, second Ted Appelman and Dave Nedohin throwing final stones.

“It just became official,” Ferbey said Friday from his St. Albert sports bar, The Rink. “It’s been sort of in the works for three, four weeks now.”

It was a quick turnaround for the 51-year-old, who spent the past season skipping for Brad Gushue.

“I think a lot of people got wind of me being a ‘free agent’ after finishing up with Gushue at the end of January,” said Ferbey, who had offers from a few different people. “I’m coming into this year with mixed expectations, I guess you could say. We’ve got a young front end and they’re very excited about it. Hopefully that will rub off on me a little bit.”

Ferbey said he was planning on taking a step back from competitive curling to focus on his business and family. The word ‘retirement’ even came up as Ferbey said he didn’t know if his “head was totally into it.”

Until he was approached by the right people, that is.

“They contacted me and I was kind of on the fence if I even wanted to play or get serious about the game again,” said Ferbey, who ended up taking guidance from the most important skip in his life. “I had a talk with my wife a little bit and she said, well, what am I going to do if I don’t play?

“I’ll give it one more shot for one more year.”

For now, Ferbey is relegated to watching this year’s Brier on television — at least the first part of it, anyway.

“I’m heading to Jamaica with my wife on Thursday morning.”

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