Avery back to the track

PERRY LEFKO and MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

Running back Jon Avery would like nothing more than to return to the Argos next season and make up for two injury-plagued seasons.

But Avery is fully prepared for that not to be the case.

"I expect to be back, but regardless I'll be playing football. I would love for it to be in a Toronto Argonaut uniform, but at the same time there is only a certain degree of loyalty when it comes to professional sports these days.

"But I will be effective and I will be scoring touchdowns somewhere."

Avery has two years left on his contract.

A former track athlete, Avery plans a return to the track this winter. He said he will be working with former Canadian sprint star Desai Williams and competing at various invitational meets in the 60-metre dash.

ALLEN LOOKS AHEAD

Quarterback Damon Allen stressed his desire to continue to play despite continued questions about it.

"Maybe it's just a natural process being in your 40s and you're still playing a game," he said. "Those are questions that will always be attached to me."

Allen is the favourite to win the league's most-outstanding-player award, which will be announced on Thursday. He's up against Saskatchewan's all-purpose dynamo Corey Holmes.

BISHOP OFF TO AFL

Backup quarterback Michael Bishop is uncertain about his future beyond just playing in the Arena League.

Bishop recently signed with the Chicago Rush after playing last season with the Grand Rapids Rampage.

He seldom played with the Argos this year, backing up Damon Allen.

"It's just a situation where I'm going to take it one step at a time," Bishop said. "If I blow it up in the Arena League I may just stay there."

MARIUZ UNCERTAIN

Argos' third-year linebacker Ray Mariuz, a stellar special teams player who did well in some starts this year, is heading into possible free agency and may be coveted by other teams.

"Whatever happens, happens, as long as I can play the game I love," the McMaster University graduate said. "Obviously, Toronto is a great city and has a great team, but we'll just have to see what happens."


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