Shivers back in the pack

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

After a full year away from the CFL, the B.C. Lions new director of player personnel Roy Shivers is back in the fold and is ready to take the Leos from a good team to a championship team.

Shivers' return to the CFL comes after he felt he was attending too many funerals during his year off.

"I'm at that age now where a lot of my friends, we're putting them in the ground," he said. "I was going to too many funerals of people that really had a part in my life. I stepped back and I thought about it and I said 'Roy, you got to go back to doing what you enjoy doing,' and I enjoy football. So when [Lions head coach Wally Buono] called, I think I was ready to go."

While there's no one area Shivers has isolated as a problem on the Lions roster, he will continue to do what he's done throughout his more than 25 years in the CFL.

"You bring in quality talent," said Shivers. "You put pressure on the people that you have. You're going to have a lot of players coming to training camp and if you get three or four nuggets out of that, you've done a good job. I'll try to challenge everybody at every position."

This is Shivers' second stint with the Lions, where he was an assistant coach and director of player personnel, over a seven-year stint in the '80s and his second time working with Buono as the two worked together during their days in Calgary.


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