Drew Willy is awaiting the results of contract talks between the league and the players as he prepares for his first job as a CFL starting quarterback.

Winnipeg's rookie camp was starting Wednesday evening and Willy was looking forward to throwing his first passes as a Blue Bomber at Investors Group Field.

But the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players ends Thursday at midnight ET, and a possible strike looms before the start of main camp Sunday.

Willy said he backs the players 100 per cent in their dispute with the league.

Contract talks have resumed but if a strike is called, Willy said he expects to practice with players somewhere away from Investors Field.

He spent two seasons as a backup for Saskatchewan before joining the Bombers in a February trade.