Cornish signs extension with Stamps

RB Jon Cornish walks off the field and glances at the scoreboard during the CFL West final at...

RB Jon Cornish walks off the field and glances at the scoreboard during the CFL West final at McMahon Stadium in Calgary between the Calgary Stampeders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders November 21, 2010. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency file photo)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:05 PM ET

An important piece of the Calgary Stampeders offence will be around for the long term.

Canadian running back Jon Cornish has signed an extension with the team Thursday, giving the Stamps security with a great one-two punch in the backfield of Cornish and Joffrey Reynolds.

“Jon has proven over the past four seasons that he’s a valuable, versatile and explosive player,” said Stampeders GM-head coach John Hufnagel.

“He has become an important part of our offence, while continuing to contribute on special teams, so we’re very pleased that he chose to extend his contract with the Stampeders.”

Cornish, the Stamps 2010 nominee for top Canadian, was heading into his option year.

He had a breakout season with the 13-5 Stamps, amassing 1,068 all-purpose yards and a career-best 618 rushing yards. He added 226 receiving yards and a touchdown on 14 receptions.

His 7.3-yard rushing average was best among players who had more than 50 carries.

“I’m very happy to know that I will be continuing my career with the Stampeders,” said Cornish, a 26-year-old native of New Westminster, B.C. “Calgary is my home now and I look forward to being here for many years to come.”

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