TRURO – Justin Palardy has never forgotten his roots.
Nearing the end of a telephone conversation with the Truro Daily News on Tuesday, the 26-year-old CFL kicker wished success to a local team that gave him his start in the game he has grown to love.
“I know that the peewee teams are starting training camp soon and I just want to wish them luck,” Palardy said from Regina. “I know that’s where I had my start and that’s where I found my first love in football, was with the Truro Bombers, so I want to wish them luck, and to get back to their winning ways would be a great thing.”
Palardy learned the game in the Truro minor system before moving on to the high school ranks with the Cobequid Cougars.
He later starred in university for the Saint Mary’s Huskies before being drafted into the CFL in 2010 by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Palardy, from Murray Siding, joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster on Tuesday.