REGINA, Sask. – Truro’s Brett Lauther has found full-time work in the CFL.
Lauther, 27, has been named the starting kicker for the Saskatchewan Roughrighters to start the 2018 regular season.
The Roughriders open their season on Friday when they host the Toronto Argonauts.
Lauther was signed to the Roughriders practice roster last year, where he reconnected with CEC high school and St. Mary’s University coach Scott Annand, Saskatchewan’s football operations co-ordinator at the time.
Lauther was selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the seventh round (53rd overall) in the 2013 CFL draft. That season, he connected on six of 10 field goal attempts and all 10 converts attempted in four regular season games.
He re-signed with the Ti-Cats in 2014 and spent time on the Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts practice rosters in 2015.
Lauther was the Roughriders only kicker for the first week of the training camp and went 4-for-4 on field-goal tries (with a 55-yarder) in a 35-12 pre-season loss to the host Eskimos. The next week, Tyler Crapigna came off the injured list and he and Lauther went toe to toe.
On Sunday, Roughriders head coach-GM Chris Jones revealed that Crapigna had been put on the six-game injured list because he requires season-ending surgery on his kicking leg. The move was made easier because Lauther had shown he could do the job.
Lauther will handle placements on Friday. He goes into that game having gone 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts in the pre-season and with the confidence that showing created.
– With files from Ian Hamilton/Riderville.com