Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Former Voyageur signs with Edmonton Huskies

For the Bonnyville Nouvelle.

The Edmonton Huskies have signed former Bonnyville Voyagur Dylan Middagh.
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A long-time local football player has taken the next step in his journey through the gridiron.

Former Bonnyville Voyageurs football player Dylan Middagh has signed a contract with the Edmonton Huskies Football Club, launching himself into the Prairie Football Association, part of the Canadian Junior Football League.

“It feels good to play to continue playing football after high school,” said Middagh. “I’m extremely pumped up for the next season. It’s faster football and more exciting.”

The young receiver is now preparing for his debut in the upcoming season. To assist in this, he has been provided with a training program originally designed to be practiced alongside the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos.

When he arrives in Edmonton to begin the regular season later this summer, Middagh will be conditioning alongside the 2015 Grey Cup champions.

“Three times a week we train with the Eskimos and their strength and conditioning coach,” explained Middagh. “If I can’t make it, I have the field training program, but it’s better to go in so I can get the feedback from the coaching staff.”

According to Huskies head coach Iain MacLean, it was Middagh’s overall athletic ability that won him the spot with the team.

“What I look for in new football players is I’m looking for athletes,” explained MacLean. “Dylan is an exceptional basketball player who also plays football. He’s got that cross-sports training and the athletic ability that I’m looking for and he knows how to use his body from his basketball experience.”

MacLean added that he also was drawn to Middagh’s height. He explained that with defensive backs getting taller and stronger, it was paramount that receivers and running backs kept up to scale.

“He was consistent and picked things up quite well,” expressed MacLean. “He’s going to have to develop a lot more speed but I think he’s up to the job.

Middagh’s former coach said that moving on to the Huskies was a natural progression for him.

“It’s a good opportunity for him,” said Voyageurs Head Coach Larry Godziuk. “They like his height, they like his hands. He receives very well and has really good feet. It’s hard to pass up on size.
Middagh added that while he’s planning on going to university sooner or later, for the time being he has his sights set on football.

“I’m really looking forward to improving my game and getting better as a player,” said Middagh. “We have lot of talent on this team. I think we can really do well.”

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