New lineman at home in T.O.

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

He was born in Baie-Comeau, Que., lives in Orlando during the winter and spent the past three seasons playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

But in his own mind, Cedric Gagne-Marcoux, the Argonauts' newest offensive lineman, is coming home.

Gagne-Marcoux has been good friends with Argos centre Dominic Picard in high school, and when Gagne-Marcoux went on a tour of Central Florida in 2003, his host was Taylor Robertson, then a member of the Golden Knights and now an Argos teammate.

"Dominic was the first person I told about signing with Toronto and Taylor is someone I still called after games when I started playing in the CFL for advice," Gagne-Marcoux said on Tuesday. "He has been almost like a big brother to me. I was hoping the Argos were interested in me."

WORK TO BE DONE

Argos coach Jim Barker expects Gagne-Marcoux to push for a full-time job at left guard, where Jeff Keeping and Mark DeWit saw time last season. At the least, Gagne-Marcoux, who will be trying to solidify his place in the CFL after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in 2008, should provide solid depth.

"He was the perfect person for what we were looking for," Barker said. "And his relationship with some of our people is great."

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats made a splash when they acquired receiver Maurice Mann from the Edmonton Eskimos, with defensive back Chris Thompson heading the other way.

The B.C. Lions signed defensive lineman Keron Williams, who was an all-star with Montreal, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders re-signed offensive lineman Marc Parenteau and fullback Chris Szarka.


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