REDBLACKS make 1st ever trade, bring local-player back to Ottawa

The Ottawa REDBLACKS have made their first trade in franchise history, acquiring a Stittsville-born player from the Calgary Stampeders.

The REDBLACKS received defensive lineman Justin Phillips and Calgary's 3rd round pick in the 2014 CFL draft in exchange for Ottawa's third round pick in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

The 6'4" Phillips spent the past seven seasons in Cowtown, accumulating 78 tackles and 78 special teams tackles.

"We tried to get Justin during the expansion draft but things did not work out then, but we're glad to be able to acquire such a quality player now," said GM Marcel Desjardins in a release. "Justin is an Ottawa guy and we believe he's going to thrive in this environment."

Phillips told brother station TSN 1200 that he wanted to return to his hometown.

"There's never any guarantees in this scenario, or any sport really, but I kind of let ... the assistant GM there in Calgary know that if there's any way for me to be in Ottawa, I wouldn't mind being there for my family situation, and I grew up here and it would be great to play in the hometown, right?" said Phillips.

The 28-year-old attended Sacred Heart High School and played with the Kanata Knights before suiting up for the Wilfred Laurier Golden Knights in university.

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