Serna likely to stay in Winnipeg

KIRK PENTON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:45 PM ET

All signs point to Alexis Serna returning to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The placekicker is scheduled to become a CFL free agent next month, but his agent, Mark Maren, said over the weekend that a new pact is close to being finalized with the Blue and Gold.

“We’ve been talking, and it looks like we’re going to get Alexis back up to Winnipeg here,” Maren said. “We’re just trying to obviously get some things finalized, but we’re working towards getting him back.”

Serna, a California native who is getting married on Jan. 16, bounced back in 2009 after a tough rookie campaign, setting a Bomber franchise record by making 82% of his field goals.

JOVON WATCH: Maren also represents Bomber cornerback Jovon Johnson, and he said his client hasn’t ruled out giving the NFL a shot.

“All 32 teams have his film, but we want to be smart about that opportunity as well,” said Maren, adding there is NFL interest in his client.

Johnson, who was Winnipeg’s most outstanding player and top special teams player in 2009, doesn’t have any workouts scheduled, and it’s unlikely he’ll head south unless he can get a signing bonus that will make it worth his while.

Johnson is also eligible to become a CFL free agent next month.

NOT SAYING NO: Tom Higgins, currently the CFL’s director of officiating, didn’t take his name out of the running for any of the three vacant Bomber jobs when reached by the Sun Monday.

“I wouldn’t shy away,” Higgins said from Calgary. “I definitely would want to talk and see if I can be of help and see if it is a perfect fit. Because that’s something that I look for: a perfect fit.”

Higgins is entering his 28th year in the CFL, and he feels he would be qualified for all three Bomber jobs: head coach, vice-president of football operations and president-CEO.

Winnipeg Football Club chairman Ken Hildahl said the board of directors is meeting later this week to determine a timeline for its hiring process.

The board plans to begin interviewing candidates “very soon,” Hildahl said.

QB GONE?: The Deseret News reports that quarterback Brian Johnson, whose rights the Bombers acquired from Saskatchewan last year, has been hired as the QB coach at his alma mater, the University of Utah.


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