Contract done, now it's all football for RedBlacks

RedBlacks player rep Eric Fraser speaks with the media following training camp on Monday, June 9,...

RedBlacks player rep Eric Fraser speaks with the media following training camp on Monday, June 9, 2014. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:39 PM ET

OTTAWA - Ottawa RedBlacks safety Eric Fraser finally got a good sleep Thursday night.

With the news that CFL players had grudgingly accepted a five-year collective bargaining agreement Thursday night, it's full steam ahead on the football field.

Fraser, who the RedBlacks selected from the Calgary Stampeders in December's expansion draft and one of his team's player reps, is excited the added stress is gone -- and, along with his teammates, he's ready to get the exhibition season going -- Saturday (6 p.m., Ottawa time) in Regina.

"It's good to finally get the vote done, let the players' voices be heard and get on with playing football," said Fraser, standing inside Carleton University's athletic complex after the players got soaked during a final walk-through before Saturday's game. "I slept pretty well (Thursday) night. The weeks before this were a bit tense. Football is on my mind now. It's the only thing that's on my mind. It's about going out and trying to win the first pre-season game. It's the first step in building this franchise."


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