New Riders QB Zach Collaros: ‘It’s a tremendous opportunity for me’

Quarterback Zach Collaros has been traded from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the Sakatchewan Roughriders for the 10th overall pick in the 2018 CFL Draft. We spoke to Collaros from Mexico where he is on vacation.

Drew Edwards: What was your first reaction to the trade?

Zach Collaros: “I’m very excited. The first thing you think about in Saskatchewan is their fan base. They really love the Riders and I’m looking forward to playing in front of those fans. I’m leaving a great fan base but I don’t think there’s a better place for me to go to.”

DE: Are you disappointed on how things worked out in Hamilton?

ZC: “When I signed the contract extension, that’s where I wanted to be – it was the place where I wanted to finish my career. The last year, things didn’t work out the way anyone wanted them to. Things happen for a reason and have a way of working themselves out. Am I disappointed in how it ended? Obviously, I’m not going to win a Grey Cup in Hamilton.

“But the relationships I’ve made in that building and with those teammates, people who work behind scenes, I’ll always cherish those.”

DE: But you’re happy about the trade.

ZC: “It’s change, it’s a new opportunity. I don’t think I could be going to a better place from a fan standpoint, from an organizational standpoint, with the players they have. It’s a tremendous opportunity for me.”

DE: Are you excited about being re-united with Peter Dyakowski?

ZC: “I am. It was the first thing I thought of. I’ve missed those educational sessions in the locker room. Not being able to learn about various obscure elements of world history was tough.”

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