Glatt Alberta-bound

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

His career has only known the West Coast, but Javier Glatt is no stranger to Alberta.

After spending seven seasons with the B.C. Lions in the same province he played in university, the linebacker has signed a two-year deal with the Edmonton Eskimos Wednesday.

Although Vancouver has been his home since before being drafted in the second round in 2003, Glatt is returning to the province where he was born.

"I don't think it's going to be tough because I think it's time for a change," said the six-foot, 225-pound non-import out of the University of British Columbia. "It's refreshing and invigorating.

"That being said, it's going to be weird for a little bit, no question. I'm not going to lie to you, it will be strange, seven years with one team and just being emotionally invested so deeply into what was going on here in the community and on the field.

"It will be an adjustment but I'm excited for it."

FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS

The familiar surroundings of BC Place would have been taken away from Glatt anyway, as renovations are sending the Lions outdoors to Empire Field in 2010. His first game against his former team will also be the field's unveiling as the Lions host the Eskimos on June 20 to close out the preseason.

"Maybe if it was in BC Place it would probably be a little weird, I've played a lot of games there," Glatt said. "But it's Empire. Who cares? I don't even know that place."

But he sure knows Commonwealth Stadium.

After all, it's where, as a youngster, he watched his older brother J.P. Izquierdo suit up for the Eskimos from 1993-95.

"My big brother played for Edmonton for three years and I used to go to all the games and into the locker-room. I was a young punk probably hanging from the rafters and getting in everyone's hair," said Glatt, who would have been 12 back then. "I know what it's all about there and I'm so happy to try to be a part of it.

"I want to be associated with a winner and I know Edmonton is that."

CLOSER TO CALGARY

It's also a lot closer to Calgary, where he was born and where a lot of his family lives.

"They're excited. I've been out here on the West Coast for 10 years now and this is going to be a good opportunity to see them a lot more," said Glatt, who spoke to Izquierdo about the Eskimos. "He loved the city. They won the Grey Cup in '93 and of course he had a blast then. He had nothing but great things to say about Edmonton but I already knew all that."

OWNING UP: With Lions owner David Braley pulling double duty with the Double Blue after taking ownership of the Toronto Argonauts, Glatt says he sees no problem with any sort of conflict of interest.

"I think Mr. David Braley, who I've built a relationship with over the years, is a good guy, he loves Canadian football and he's going to do what's best for the CFL," Glatt said.


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