Newcomer lasts only one day

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Now you see him, now you don't.

Just like an episode of The Sopranos where his dad was once a stunt man, the new guy in town disappeared mysteriously into the heat.

Import defensive tackle Frank Ferrara, who flew into Winnipeg from New York on Tuesday to replace the injured Ron Warner (knee) against the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday, suddenly decided to leave yesterday.

"It's a strange one," said Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry. "All gung-ho, the guy gets here and decides it's not for me."

B.C. had cut Ferrara, who had played for the Lions all least season, in training camp. Ferrara kept changing his mind during a 30-minute meeting with Berry yesterday morning.

"He's going to be done with football," Berry said. "He's had enough. And I think he had a real frustrating experience in Vancouver. But we move on."

Import defensive tackle Dante Booker is expected to return to the Bombers in time for today's practice and is pencilled in to start versus Montreal.

STAYING PUT: Another old friend who has returned plans to stay this time around. Non-import DT Martin Lapostolle answered Winnipeg's SOS in time for yesterday's practice.

"I was pretty excited, confused," Lapostolle said of the call from Bombers GM Brendan Taman. "I felt a little weird to come back here after I got released but it's exciting. It's another chance and I'm just going to jump on it."

Although Lapostolle, 26, had returned to work as a stockbroker in Montreal, he was hoping another CFL team would call.

"But after four weeks of waiting for somebody to call, I was starting to get a little worried," admitted the 6-foot-2, 249-pound Indiana product. "I was going nuts so, it's a good chance and I'm glad I'm back here with all the people I know and all my friends and stuff ... If I play against Montreal, you can expect a lot from me."

GREG ESCAPE: Recently-arrived DB Greg Bearman was just as thankful to escape Hamilton as he was to land in Winnipeg.

"Hamilton was a bit of a fiasco," said the 5-foot-8, 185-pound non-import, who had been cut by the Tiger-Cats. "There's a reason they are 0-4, right? I was excited, No. 1, to be out of there and No. 2, to be here. When this opportunity came, I just thought, 'Oh man, it was just a 180-degree turnaround.'

"I just walk into this locker-room and everybody's smiling and having a good time. I go out there and everyone's working hard and playing hard but it's just different. It's more upbeat and positive and welcoming type of thing here. Hamilton was pretty cold. After the (Ottawa) dispersal draft, when I showed up, I had never felt such a chilly reception. It's nice to be here. I'm happy here."


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