As a fan and season ticket holder with the Stamps, I will be watching the try out of Aussie Rules kicker Scott Crough, with interest. I question however how he can be considered a Non-Import. I would seem like the CFL is making the rules up as it goes along.
According to news sources, the CFL deems him a NI because he has not played Professional Football before so he can be a CFL NI, would that not mean that every US college player could be a non-import. Would that not also mean that Canadian who have played in the NFL cannot be non-imports? Not to mention that he is indeed a professional football player. Also was he paid anything in his NFL try-outs, if so would he again be an Import?
In reading the rules information on CFL.ca the only reference to NI is as follows:
"A player who was physically resident in Canada for an aggregate of 7 years prior to turning 15 or if he’s a Canadian Citizen, was physically resident in Canada for an aggregate period of 5 years prior to turning 18."
Does anyone else have information to back up the Non-Import criteria or is the league truly, making it up as they go along.
Nonetheless it will be interesting to see him play.