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Justin Medlock returns to Tiger-Cats from NFL stint

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats re-signed kickers/punters Justin Medlock and Brett Lauther on Wednesday. Medlock spent the 2011 season with Hamilton before signing with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

Hamilton also signs fellow kicker Lauther

Tiger-Cats kicker Justin Medlock, right, left the team for the NFL's Carolina Panthers following the 2011 season. Hamilton announced Wednesday he has signed a contract to return to the club. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press/File)

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats re-signed kickers/punters Justin Medlock and Brett Lauther on Wednesday.

The six-foot, 208-pound Medlock, a native of Fremont, Calif., spent the 2011 season with Hamilton before signing with the NFL's Carolina Panthers on March 6, 2012. Last year, Medlock attended the Oakland Raiders' training camp.

In 2011, Medlock hit 49 of 55 field goal attempts, a club-record 89.1 per cent success ratio. He also averaged 41.6 yards per punt and was named Hamilton's top special-teams player.

"Justin is a big addition to our football team," Ticats head coach and general manager Kent Austin said in a statement. "He's a proven player who is familiar with our organization and has performed at a very high level."

Medlock also has previous CFL experience with the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts. He also spent time with the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, who selected Medlock in the fifth round, No. 160 overall, in the 2007 NFL draft out of UCLA.

Medlock has hit on 96-of-111 field-goal tries (86.5 per cent) over his CFL career.

"I'm excited to return to the Tiger-Cats and the CFL," Medlock said. "Winning is a huge priority for me, and I feel this team is in position for long-term success.

"I'm looking forward to contributing in a big way in 2014 and beyond."

Lauther hit on 6 of 10 field goals last season, his first in the CFL, and also averaged 59.8 yards per kickoff.

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