Bombers bring in experienced kicker

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Another kicker will be on his way to Winnipeg's training camp.

Dan Giancola, who has some CFL experience, has reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Blue Bombers.

"The last four years, I've been chasing this," Giancola told the St. Catharines Standard. "It took me 10 years to get my one shot. I spent all the '90s chasing a dream.

"You don't know how excited I am. I'm probably more excited now than I was when I got my first opportunity."

Giancola, 39, apparently worked out for the Bombers in Winnipeg recently, connecting on 38 of 40 field goal attempts that included one from 57 yards out under diverse weather conditions.

Giancola has played for Toronto, B.C. and Montreal in the CFL.

Bomber head coach Mike Kelly was reluctant to confirm the report yesterday but did say the Bombers plan to bring three kickers to camp.

"But it's (Alexis) Serna's job to lose," Kelly said.

The Bombers, meanwhile, announced that they have inked non-import receiver Brock Ralph to a contract extension as part of their long-range plan to help the salary management system, Kelly said.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ralph, who was acquired from Edmonton in an off-season trade, has caught 164 passes for 2,092 yards and nine touchdowns over his six-year CFL career.

"Brock solidifies our receiving corps and, at the same time, the extension provides him and his family with some financial security," Kelly said.

Meanwhile, Kelly has no interest in non-import defensive back Richard Karikari or any of the other players released by Calgary on Monday.


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