Every time Randy Bowles gets traded, he takes another step closer to home.
This time, he wants to put down some roots.
"It's a slow journey west," the new Calgary Stampeder fullback said. "I'm from Vancouver and it's been a slow migration home."
In the past four seasons, Bowles was traded from Hamilton to Toronto to Winnipeg, then on Sunday to Calgary in the five-player Khari Jones deal.
He hopes he has landed here to stay and, by all early indications, he may be right.
Bowles takes over the starting fullback role vacated by Scott Regimbald.
The 26-year-old Canadian will play a role on specials teams coverage units as well.
"Randy is a strong fullback who likes contact," said GM-head coach Matt Dunigan. "We're going to let him be the physical player we know he can be. We're going to let him run with this opportunity."
Bowles will start tomorrow at Toronto, so obvious comparisons will be made him and the man he replaced.
"I hope (fans) see Randy Bowles," the fullback said. "I'm not going to try to pump myself up but I'll be my own player. I like intensity and I like to hit. So I hope they see that I can play just as good as Scotty was."
IKE CUT: As expected, RB Victor Ike has been released quietly by the Stamps. Ike became expendable due to the signings of Joffrey Reynolds and Ronney Jenkins.
"It's tough because I love the kid and his effort," said Stamps GM-head coach Matt Dunigan.
"It just wasn't happening (for him)."