Layne Hull, who played football in Yorkton from the time he was in Grade 5 until completing high school, is now on the door step of suiting up with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Layne was actually relaxing on the ball diamond last week, not really thinking about a chance in the Canadian Football League, and then the phone rang.
“I was actually playing slow pitch last Monday when Jeremy O’Day called me,” said Hull.
Hull said O’Day, general manager of the Roughriders had an offer for a spot on the CFL’s team practice roster.
Hull was quick to accept.
“I was on top of the world after getting the call,” he said.
It has been Hull’s dream to get a chance with a CFL squad. This spring when the CFL held its Western Regional Combine, he was among those being put through their paces for league scouts.
Hullsaid the combine at Commonwealth Stadium Field House in Edmonton, was an opportunity he had looked forward too.
The combine did not lead to a contract, but the door is now open.
With only one full practice under his belt, Hull said he could be activated for this week’s game.
“I might be heading to Montreal if the other linebacker can’t go,” he said, adding ‘Rider head coach Craig Dickenson has told him to be ready.
Whether he is activated for this week’s game against the Alouettes, or not, Hull said he will just focus on his game.
“I’ll just take it one day at a time,” he said, adding he was a tad in awe on day one.
“You watch these players on TV and now you’re playing alongside these guys,” he said.
But once the ‘fan factor’ faded, Hull said he was satisfied with his first scrimmages.
“I felt good out there. The coaches were happy,” he said.
Hull is the son of Terry and Debbie Hull of Yorkton.