Stamps sign 'Cochrane boy'

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 PM ET

It took Rob Cote four years to build himself into a key component of the Calgary Stampeders. Now that foundation will continue.

The Stamps signed the Cochrane product Thursday, taking him off the list of eligible free agents when the window opens Feb. 16.

“Rob has progressed nicely and has improved to be an excellent football player,” said Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel.

“His skills as a fullback, both as a blocker and a pass-catcher are exceptional and he also does an outstanding job on special teams.

“Rob is a local guy and a fan favourite and I’m glad we were able to get this done.”

In 2007, Cote signed as a 20-year-old out of junior in Victoria and he has basically grown up with the team.

He was mostly a special-teams player and backup through the first few seasons but he blossomed last year when the Stamps didn’t sign Teyo Johnson.

In 2010, he started 19 games including playoffs, catching 11 passes for 111 yards and he had 11 yards on three carries.

“I’m thrilled to be back with the Stamps,” said Cote. “This is a great organization, from the management to the coaching staff and players, this is really a great team to be part of.

“I’m a Cochrane boy and I feel very fortunate to be able to play here in Calgary in front of friends, family and our great Stampeders fans.”

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