‘We want to win now’: New Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris is ready to go

New Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Trevor Harris stepped into the team’s locker room for the first time Thursday. Like many of the greats that came before him, Harris says he wants to win — and he wants to do it right now.

“We want to win now and we want to bring a Grey Cup back to this city immediately. And that’s something I want to be a part of because that’s where I’m at in my career, I’m not in a position to waste years,” said Harris who is no stranger to winning at the CFL level, having won Grey Cups with the Argonauts and the Redblacks.  

Harris was signed by general manager Brock Sunderland Tuesday after the former face of the franchise, Mike Reilly, headed west to join the B.C. Lions.

‘Raising the bar together’

There are plenty of familiarities for the Esks’ new quarterback.

Harris came into the league in 2012, playing three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts. During that time, his quarterback coach was Jason Maas, the current head coach of the Eskimos. The pair expect to pick up where they left off.

“From my time with him in Toronto for three years is awesome to me because he was my first ever coach in the CFL, in terms of quarterback coach,” Harris said. “You know, I’ve watched his career progress and he’s watched mine, and we’ve kept in touch just slightly seeing each other through games.”

“I look forward to joining him and just raising the bar together,” added Harris.

For Maas, the acquisition of Harris took the sting out of losing a franchise player in Mike Reilly. 

‘Franchise quarterback’

“As an offensive-minded coach, you’re excited to get a franchise quarterback in this building and a guy of his calibre of player and character,” said Maas. “Ultimately that’s what you win championships with are great people.”

For the team’s general manager, convincing Harris and several of his former Ottawa Redblacks teammates to make Edmonton home was a finely tuned plan.

Sunderland says anyone questioning if Harris can carry the load here in Edmonton, can take a quick look at his track record.

Harris played 17 games for Ottawa last year, passing for 5116 yards and 22 touchdowns.

“The reality is this, there was two quarterbacks in the Grey Cup this past season, and he’s one of them,” said Sunderland.

“I think it’s time that we shed the theory that he’s replacing people. He led a franchise to a Grey Cup, so for me enough talk about who he’s replacing.

“Trevor is Trevor and I think when he leaves people need to start talking about replacing him at this point.”

Esks fans will get the chance to see how their team’s new quarterback measures up against the former one when the Eskimos host the B.C. Lions at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.



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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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