THREE-RIVERS – linebacker Three-Rivers Mathieu Loiselle has been claimed by the Toronto Argonauts in the 60th row in the repechage of the canadian football League, later Thursday.
There were only ten choices to be announced when Torontonians have cast their sights on Loiselle in the seventh round.
Surrounded by his loved ones at the family home, the main party jumped of joy when he saw his name on the tv, while the website of the CFL broadcast the choice of the nine teams in direct.
The athlete, 24 years of age, was the last player selected in the seventh round of this auction amateur, who had eight. In total, 69 hopefuls from Canada were recruited.
“I’m freaking out again!”, exclaimed Mathieu Loiselle, when The Novelist was able to contact, at the beginning of the night, Friday.
A few days ago, he had passed the medical tests at the Tiger Cats of Hamilton. If he was able to talk with recruiters from all of the clubs in the circuit, it is the Tiger Cats, who had shown the most interest in him.
“I am surprised to land in Toronto, but really happy! It is one of the teams where I was hoping to go. They have a tradition of winners. I put so much effort to get there! This is a big day.”
The He is enrôlera so for the champions of the Grey Cup, which are run by a duo that football fans in Quebec know well, Marc Trestman (head coach) and Jim Popp (director-general).
Even if he moves to the defensive – it will likely be used on special units in its beginnings -, Loiselle learnt also Anthony Calvillo, who has accepted the offer from Popp to relocate in the queen City.
“These guys know how to win, it’s very motivating for me. But I admit, I was scared!”
It is around the 50th choice that Loiselle has begun to doubt. Hundreds of players from Canada are on the radar of CFL teams, so there are a few elected officials and several young men disappointed each year.
The linebacker, however, had been invited to the national camp circuit, without having to go through the regional camps. Elongation of a muscle in the ischio-tibialis has private participation at the camp in Winnipeg. Even today, he is recovering from this injury.
“I was afraid that my injury discourages all teams. But then, I am relieved! I’ll miss a part of the camp of Argos, except that I will take back to the team from the first day. We will not drop the steps, I want to be in full form.”
The journey of Mathieu Loiselle is an atypical. In 2011 at 17 years old, the teenager, who played for the Booms has left the region to go into exile in Vermont.
After you have accumulated good statistics, he has agreed to continue his career and his studies at the College Wagner, in New York. Loiselle has played five seasons, the last as captain of the defensive.
In the end, the bet of the country of Uncle Sam has been paying for the He.
Now remains to be seen if he will be able to shine in the canadian football League, where there are already a few representatives of the Mauricie region, in Jean-Christophe Beaulieu, Louis-Philippe Bourassa and Keith Sanscartier. The latter tries to earn his place in the Red and Black. He would join the other two.