Roughnecks ink top prospect

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The Calgary Roughnecks are optimistic their top prospect is ready to jump to the professional ranks.

The defending National Lacrosse League champions announced yesterday they've signed defender Curtis Manning to a one-year deal.

"He's a player who is going to be around for a long time in this league, and we are happy to have him as part of our group," said Roughnecks GM Brad Banister.

Manning was Calgary's first-round selection in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft, but he opted to spend another year at Simon Fraser University instead of going pro.

The 22-year-old turned heads during the summer, establishing himself as a dependable defender for the New Westminster Salmonbellies of the Western Lacrosse Association, a Senior A circuit stocked with NLL regulars.

The Riggers also announced yesterday the signing of forward Craig Conn and defender Greg Hinman.

Conn spent last season with the Toronto Rock, registering 14 goals and 18 assists in 11 regular-season outings. The Roughnecks acquired his rights in a trade with the Rock last month.

Hinman cracked the Riggers roster last season, suiting up for seven games and collecting a pair of assists.

The Roughnecks open their season Jan. 10 against the Minnesota Swarm at the Saddledome.


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