Rush bolster lineup with two new players

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:41 PM ET

The Edmonton Rush lineup was bolstered with the signing of two players Thursday.

Bobby McBride, a skilled loose-ball collector, and defender David Morgan were added to the roster, the club announced.

Head coach Derek Keenan said the addition of McBride, who was relaeased by the Rochester Knighthawks after two seasons with that team, complements the Rush’s up-tempo style of play. “Bobby works extremely hard to chase after loose balls and that ultimately will lead to us getting more scoring opportunities.”

McBride set a career high last season with the Knighthawks, with 80 loose balls over nine regular-season games.

Morgan adds an imposing presence on the defensive end. The six-foot-10, 260-pounder played for Keenan over four seasons with the Portland LumberJax, and played last season with the Colorado Mammoth.

“Adding David gives us a credible physical presence at the back end — someone who is more than capable of handling things when called upon but also a player who can compete at a top level,” said Keenan.

The Rush also released defender Ian Crashley and moved Devan Wray to the practice roster on Thursday.

The Rush opens its 2011 NLL campaign Jan. 8 in Toronto against the 2010 East Division champion Rock.


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