They're here and they're ready to play - that's the message from Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris.
Henry Burris can't help but smile - the Redblacks' innaugural game in the Canadian Football League is next week in Winnipeg and his team is coming of of a pre-season win against the Montreal Alouettes.
The veteran is vowing to play to the best of his abilities this season.
"We're going to work our butts off to make sure we're ready to go," he said. "We know we're going into a bee's nest there in Winnipeg. Those fans are sitting back waiting for their team to improve on what they did last year. They made a lot of great changes. They're going to be a very good team and we want to make sure that we're ready to go and make sure we're on top of our game and do what we can to try to get a victory."
Despite the win in Montreal, Burris said more work has to be done.
"We truly haven't won a real, real game yet," he said. "I mean right now that was a win, but it doesn't count when you look at the win and loss record once we get started next week against Winnipeg."
"But it's great to have that good taste in our mouth, knowing the potential that we have as a team," he added.
The Redblacks first home game will be July 18th against the Toronto Argonauts in the new TD Place, which is on schedule to be completed in time to welcome fans.