Veteran linebacker would like to return

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

Brian Clark could see the writing on the wall as clearly as the score going across his TV Sunday night.

The 10-year veteran linebacker was watching his Calgary Stampeders teammate lose 26-24 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders because he was a healthy scratch.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out Clark is unlikely to be back with the Stamps next year, although he has a contract.

"It's their option," said the 33-year-old. "I would love to be back. I think I still have a lot to offer.

"It's a business. Anybody can see being benched the last two games of the season, one of which is a playoff game, that I don't know if I will be here next year.

"It's one of those weird situations, one that I haven't been involved with before."

Several decisions will have to be made before the Stamps get down to player personnel.

There is the question of the head coach, and speculation is rampant Tom Higgins will be replaced by John Hugnagel.

A new head man would have input on his assistants, and whichever direction they go defensively would depend on whoever is the co-ordinator.

Tim Burke replaced Denny Creehan mid-season and could be a candidate to come back. Still, that leaves a veteran leader like Clark in limbo, as well as several other players on that side of the ball.

When Clark was rumoured to be released this training camp, several other teams expressed interest in him, which he hopes is the case if he doesn't get invited to Stamps training camp.

"It makes me feel good to hear that stuff," Clark said. "One man's trash is another's treasure. Would I fit in somewhere else? I don't know.

"Right now I'm a Stampeder and I would like to continue as a Stampeder. This is where my loyalties lie.

"I would like to finish out the contract they signed me to.

"Again, it's up to them."


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