Slotback Geroy Simon will once again be quarterback Dave Dickenson's primary target in British Columbia this season andmore.

The Lions signed the import receiver on Thursday to a contract extension through the 2009 Canadian Football League campaign.

"This is a great day for our organization and fans of the B.C. Lions," said Lions general manager and coach Wally Buono. "Geroy has been a significant contributor on the field throughout his career and perhaps more important is the work he does in our community."

Simon, 30,led B.C. receivers in receptions (89) and yards (1,322) for the third straight season in 2005, and is sixth all-time in team history with 350 receptions for 5,695 yards and 40 touchdowns.

He averaged 14.9 yards per catch a year ago — his lowest total since 2001 — and set a franchise playoff record with a 90-yard touchdown reception against Edmonton in the Western Division final.

"I am very happy to get this deal done," said Simon, who broke into the CFL in 1999 with Winnipeg. "On both a professional and personal level, I couldn't have asked for more.

"To know that my family is happy and secure makes going out and performing at a high level very easy to do. We have a very talented team and I'm excited to be a part of its future."

In 2004, Simon became the third B.C. player to record 100 receptions in a season with 104 catches for a team-record 1,750 yards.

The Lions play their first exhibition game on June 2 against the visiting Calgary Stampeders.

Saskatchewan provides the competition for the season opener June 16 at B.C. Place Stadium.

With files from Canadian Press