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Saskatchewan Roughriders Luca Congi celebrates his game winning field goal kick he made against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in second half CFL action on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 in Regina, Sask.

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed Canadian Luca Congi to compete for their kicking duties.

The Ticats have been on the lookout for kicking help since Justin Medlock, an East Division all-star last year, left Hamilton to sign an NFL deal with the Carolina Panthers earlier this off-season.

Congi, 28, played six seasons in the CFL, all with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He missed the start of last season following a knee injury in 2010. He was the Riders' Most Outstanding Rookie in 2006 and their Most Outstanding Special Teams Player three times.

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The Roughriders acquired the Simon Fraser product Congi in the second round (12th overall) of the 2006 CFL Canadian Draft.

Congi has made 166 of 209 career field goal attempts in his career.

"Luca is a proven player who is capable of handling all three kicking duties," said head coach and director of football operations George Cortez. "We know he's looking forward to competing at training camp."

He is expected to compete with Josh Maveety in training camp for the Ticats' kicking duties. Maveety is also a non-import.

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