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Mike O’Shea will be back on the sidelines for the Toronto Argonauts in 2012.

After receiving interest from the Montreal Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, O’Shea has decided to return as the Argonauts’ special teams co-ordinator.

“He is fiercely competitive and his extensive knowledge of the game will be an invaluable addition to our staff,” said new head coach Scott Milanovich. “I am confident that we share a similar approach to preparing players in a disciplined but aggressive manner that our players will respond to.”

After playing 16 seasons as a linebacker in the CFL, O'Shea assumed the Argos special teams post before the 2010 season and has since impressed many in the league with creative game -planning. His units have been known to execute a number of fake punts. In particular, return specialist Chad Owens, last season’s CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams player, has flourished in O’Shea’s system.

“I would like to thank Scott and [General Manager]Jim [Barker]for allowing me to take some time in making my decision,” said O’Shea. “I look forward to getting back to work with the most dedicated special teams players in the league. I’m excited to continue the learning process that is pro football under Scott’s leadership.”

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