Kirkby comes back

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

Kurt Silcott has made a quick impact as the Calgary Roughnecks new general manager.

Silcott, who took over the post last month after leaving the Buffalo Bandits, pulled the trigger on a major deal yesterday in the National Lacrosse League, reacquiring former Riggers all-star defender Rob Kirkby from the Arizona Sting.

In exchange for the rugged 26-year-old Kitchener, Ont., native, the Roughnecks dealt one of their three first-round picks in next year's draft along with 2005 second-round pick Andy Secore.

"I am so excited about getting Rob back here," said Silcott.

"Rob is among the league's elite and will play a key role in our battle to regain the NLL title."

Kirkby couldn't be reached last night for comment. He sat out last season with a wrist injury but is expected to play no later than February.

The Roughnecks host the Edmonton Rush Jan. 13 to open the season.

In one of the most controversial trades in Roughnecks history, Kirkby was dealt to the Arizona Sting in the fall of 2004 after playing a major role in Calgary's championship win.

One of the top defenders in the NLL, Kirkby is cut from the same mould as Toronto Rock captain Jim Veltman, considered the league's best overall player. Kirkby can also take face-offs -- an area Calgary struggled last season -- and transition the ball making him an all-around threat.

Kirkby bolsters a defence that lost veteran Andy Ogilvie to a career-ending knee injury and saw youngster Brad MacDonald dealt to the Toronto Rock this summer.


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