B.C. Lions sign veteran kicker Sergio Castillo

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The B.C. Lions have signed kicker Sergio Castillo to a two-year contract through the 2021 season, per sources.

Castillo played for the Houston Roughnecks during the shortened XFL season in 2020. He led the CFL with a 91.1 field goal percentage, hitting 41-of-45 attempts for the Lions last season on the way to earning the West Division’s all-star kicker honours.

The 29-year-old played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2017 but tore his ACL that October in a 30-13 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, going down as he covered a missed field goal.

Castillo won the kicking job in Ticats training camp during the spring of 2017 after bouncing around the fringes of the CFL for three seasons. He made the most of it, hitting on 29-of-34 field goals (85.3 per cent) and going five-for-five from beyond the 50-yard line.

The Ticats released Castillo in February 2018. Ottawa brought Castillo in but he never kicked in a regular season game for the Redblacks.

Castillo has made 80-of-92 field goal attempts (87 per cent conversion rate) while going 55-for-60 on converts and punting 134 times for a 44.4-yard average in 38 career CFL games.

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