Black amped to play for Argos

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

A brief pause came across Tristan Black when informed of his trade from Cowtown to Hogtown, a brief moment of reflection that quickly turned to elation.

The only football home Black knew at the pro level was Calgary, but his home was in Toronto and the realization of returning to play for his hometown Argos began to hit home.

"I paused for a second, but then I really (understood) what it really meant,'' Black began. "I was so excited that I was basically flying high for a week.

"I spent an extra week in Calgary getting my stuff together, but the whole time I was in a trance."

It was during the Argos' 16-12 loss to Hamilton two weeks when word leaked of the trade that sent Black home in exchange for the rights to Corey Mace, whose rights the Argos acquired last season as part of the Arland Bruce III deal to Hamilton.

A day later, the Argos officially announced the deal for Black, who practised Wednesday.

During Black's rookie season last year, he fractured a bone in his foot in a game against the Argos, a setback that required surgeons to fuse a joint this off-season.

Black wasn't able to attend camp with the Stamps, bided him time as he rehabbed and is now genuinely excited to be in Toronto.

"I just couldn't ask for anything more,'' Black said. "There are expectations for me and I like being in a place where there's a little pressure on me."

Black is a linebacker who plays special teams, where Canadians first begin to get noticed.

Black's addition adds to the Argos' growing list of solid non-imports.

Orthotics and an extra tug on his shoe laces will help stabilize his foot, but Black is itching to go.

"The foot doesn't bother me,'' he added. "It's getting the muscle memory back. I was able to practise in Calgary and right now I can do everything at 100%.

"Right now, it's a matter of getting into game shape. It's just great to be home. It feels like I've been given a second life, a second opportunity."

One Black hopes to make the most out of it.

frank.zicarelli@sunmedia.ca


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