‘Pretty high’ percentage Mike O’Shea signs contract extension with Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea didn’t provide an exact number, but stated there is a strong chance he re-signs with the blue and gold when asked to put a percentage on it

“It’s pretty high,” O’Shea said succinctly.

O’Shea led the Bombers to their first Grey Cup championship in 29 years. He signed a three-year extension with the club in 2016 which runs out at the end of the year.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever talked contract in front of the media before. We don’t negotiate with the media in the room.” O’Shea said.

“I had a good chat this morning and we’ll continue that.”

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker is currently the CFL’s longest-tenured head coach, spending the last six seasons in Winnipeg and making the playoffs in each of the past four years. The Blue Bombers are 56-52 in the regular season (.519 winning percentage) under O’Shea’s watch.

“We just won a Grey cup, so we got a good group here. It’s been a great journey being a part of this and it’s taken longer than I thought, but it’s neat to be a part of building something — I do like it here,” O’Shea said.

O’Shea has a unique bond with his players and members of the coaching staff. Meanwhile fans are changing his name around Manitoba following the CFL championship win. Everyone wants O’Shea to stay in Winnipeg and even though there are jobs open in Ottawa, Edmonton and B.C., it appears the 49-year-old wants to remain in The Peg.

“I haven’t given a lot of thought to that. I’m not too concerned with what’s going on around the league right now,” O’Shea said.

“I’m still trying to look after our business here.”

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