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HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed Canadian kicker/punter Lirim Hajrullahu, the team announced on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old appeared in all 18 regular season games with the Toronto Argonauts last season, converting 47-of-58 field goal attempts (81.0%), all 36 of his single convert attempts, and averaging 44.0 yards per punt on 112 attempts. The 5-11, 205-pound native of St. Catherines, Ontario, also suited up in two games in the playoffs for the Argos, making two of his three field goal attempts, including the game-winning 32-yard field goal with 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter in the 105th Grey Cup.
In 71 career CFL games over four seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2014-15) and Argonauts (2016-17), Hajrullahu has converted 146-of-178 field goals (82.0%) and 114-of-123 single convert attempts (92.7%), while averaging 44.1 yards per punt on 450 attempts. He was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2014 and an East Division All-Star in 2016.
In five seasons at Western University (2009-13), Hajrullahu set school records in career points (402) and career field goals (72). The 2013 OUA All-Star and second team All-Canadian hit 29-of-34 field goals (85.3%) with a long of 47 yards in his final season with the Mustangs.