Eskimos free-agent signing Curtis Dublanko calls returning to hometown 'awesome'

Curtis Dublanko (left) and Curtis Sharun grew up playing football together in Leduc and have been...

Curtis Dublanko (left) and Curtis Sharun grew up playing football together in Leduc and have been reunited as Eskimos teammates. (PERRY MAH/QMI Agency)

Gerry Moddejonge, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

EDMONTON - No matter where you go, you can’t get away from your roots.

Not that Curtis Dublanko is trying to.

In fact, the Edmonton Eskimos linebacker seems to be doing the exact opposite after signing with his hometown CFL club over the off-season.

After spending his first three CFL seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, the 26-year-old native of Thorsby summed his fresh start of a homecoming up in one word: “Awesome.”

“I had season tickets up there when I was a little kid,” said the six-foot, 235-pound linebacker, who made his mark on the Als special teams in 27 games since being drafted 15th overall in 2010. “So every time I came here when I was out in Montreal, I got really excited.

“Playing here for the home team has been a dream since I was a little kid.”

Back then, Dublanko was getting his first taste of the gridiron game with Leduc and District Minor Football, learning the ropes of his future profession alongside current Eskimos teammate Corbin Sharun


Videos

Photos