Fresh start for Alston

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

As a new member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Richard Alston believes the Edmonton Eskimos missed something.

"I don't think Edmonton quite knew all of my abilities ... because they never took the chance to assess my abilities like I felt they should have," said Alston.

"I felt they could have used me and my ability to get open and be able to catch the ball in traffic a little bit better than they did last year."

But Alston wants to make it clear that he's not sour at the Eskimos for trading him to Hamilton yesterday for Jason Goss.

"I don't have any hard feelings." he said.

Alston played seven games last year, catching 23 passes. Now the 26-year-old import is a leading candidate to land a job on a club with very few veteran receivers.

GOSS FACED HARDSHIP

Goss had his reasons for leaving the TiCats last season. His father lapsed into a diabetic coma last spring and his 16 month-old son suffered two serious asthma attacks.

On top of that, his wife had surgery.

Goss will be reunited with Jason Tucker, his fraternity brother from Texas Christian University.

"(Tucker) compared him a lot to himself, where he is so unassuming and just goes about his job," said Esks coach Danny Maciocia.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY?

Timmy Chang is the one intriguing name heading to Hamilton in the Goss deal. The quarterback is a former star at the University of Hawaii.

The 25-year-old holds the NCAA Division 1-A record for most passing yards (17,072) and interceptions (80). The Esks tried to get him under contract from their negotiation list, but failed. Maciocia believes he will likely report to Hamilton.

JOBS ON THE LINE

It appears aging Shannon Garrett or Donald Brady will lose a job with the acquisition of Goss. But Garrett, 35, isn't surprised the club traded for a much younger and talented halfback.

"They are looking (toward the) future," he said. "It's all about business. They're trying to improve the team.

"He is going to be a great asset to the team."

COMISKEY AN ALL-STAR

Guard Dan Comiskey is the only Eskimo on the 2006 CFLPA all-star team announced yesterday.


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