HAMILTON — What’s old is new again in Hamilton.
Just a day after it was confirmed that RB Martell Mallett would miss the remainder of the season with an achilles injury, Avon Cobourne, who was released by the club in February, is returning to the Ticats.
Cobourne enjoyed a strong season in 2011 in Hamilton, rushing for 961 yards and eight touchdowns, while tacking on 459 more yards through the air.
However, the return of Mallett, who is seven years Cobourne’s junior, made the veteran tailback expendable.
Cobourne, a two-time Grey Cup champion with the Alouettes, returns to a seemingly entirely new offence in Hamilton. He’ll join new quarterback Henry Burris and a few marquee receivers in Andy Fantuz and Sam Giguere, in hopes of ushering in a new era of success in Steeltown.
He was one of four veteran tailbacks to be released this off-season, as Wes Cates, Joffrey Reynolds and Fred Reid were all cut loose their respective clubs.