Toronto Bound part 2: The CFL adds a further 13 Global Players.

Toronto Bound part 2: The CFL adds a further 13 Global Players.
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We already knew some of the global combine qualifiers who were Toronto bound.

The CFL has held an array of global combines across Europe and Japan. From them the league had previously named 11 early invitees from its Global Combines.

Now they’ve added a bakers’ dozen more. Clearly 13 is lucky for some.

The Qualifiers

So who is coming to the Combine in Toronto so far? Below is a very brief run-down on each player that will appear.

As before so many have GFL experience I thought it would be interesting to split them between those who have and have not appeared in the German leagues.

Global Players who have not appeared in the GFL

Ryota Takaya, Yoshihito Ohmi, & Akio Yamagishi, – Japan.

Ryota Takaya is a Defensive Lineman for the Fujistsu Frontiers of the X-League.  They are one of the most successful teams in Japan & Takaya has represented Japan with aplomb also.

Ohmi Yoshihito is a Wide Receiver for IBM Big Blue. The team are obviously very proud that ‘Omi’ has passed the first hurdle. You can see him in action on a few plays on his social media.

Akio Yamagishi is also from the Frontiers, where he plies his trade as a Linebacker. In 2016 he won the Mills Trophy. Named after coach Chuck Mills this is the Japanese version of the Heisman.

Jason Aguemon & Billy Bryan – France.

Jason Aguemon is a Running Back/Wide Receiver hybrid. There are highlights of him running over the GB team at the 2018 IFAF European Championships. He plays for the La Courneuve Flash team in the Ligue Élite.

Billy Bryan is a Defensive Back for the Thonon Black Panthers. He has been part of a defensive backfield regarded as one of the best against the pass in France.

Malcolm EngstromSweden.

Malcolm Engstrom is a Defensive Lineman for the Stockholm Mean Machines. “The oldest and most successful american football team in Sweden”. There is plenty to find on Engstrom. Like a game MVP performance, or disrupting a backfield.

Aleksandar MilanovicAustria.

Aleksandar Milanovic is a Offensive Lineman who has played for the Vienna Vikings. Prior to that the 6, 5″ lineman spent spending  five years playing college football in the US, including four at Sacramento State (NCAA Div I).

After not being picked up in the 2016 NFL draft or signing as a free agent he returned to Austria despite offers from some German teams.

Global Players with GFL Experience

So on to the players who have appeared in the German League. In terms of European selections players with that experience have dominated selection. Simply because it is arguably the best league in Europe.

Dustin Illestschko Austria.

Dustin Illestschko is an All-Star Linebacker for the Frankfurt Universe. Having played for the Universe & the Potsdam Royals in the GFL as well as the Vienna Vikings back in Austria. He also played one season for the Helsinki Roosters in Finland. He has been a Player of the Year for multiple teams and success has followed wherever he has played.

Glen Mbeleg-ToongaGreat Britain.

Glen Mbeleg-Toonga is a Running Back for he Dresden Monarchs. He started playing American football in 2014 at the University of Southampton. As a Stag, he won offensive MVP in his second year.

In 2016, Glen went on to play for London Blitz. He was once again picked as offensive MVP, during his second season in 2017. Glen has been with Dresden since 2018.

Oleksandr Posunko – Ukraine.

Oleksandr Posunko is the first Ukrainian to suit up for the Rostock Griffins. Prior to that he had played for the Dnipro Rockets, for the Hungarian Nyíregyháza Tigers & the Kyiv Capitals in Monte Clark Cup.

Jean-Claude Madin Cerezo – Spain.

FEFA are one of the latest additions to the CFL 2.0 Global Program. So they will pleased to see a Spanish player on the pathway.

Jean-Claude Madin Cerezo is Wide Receiver for the Hamburg Huskies. Madin Cerezo has previously played for the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, & the UNC Bears of the Big Sky conference.

German GFL Players

Marius Kensy & Justin RodneyGermany.

Marius Kensy is a Linebacker for the Cologne Crocodiles. Formerly of the Düsseldorf Panthers, Kensy was the second leading tackler for the Crocodiles last time out.

Justin Rodney is a Running Back for the Frankfurt Universe. A former Ninja Warrior participant he has played 4 seasons with Frankfurt. Prior to that he was with the Rhein-Neckar-Bandits. He appeared in a closely contested German Bowl XL losing out to the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns.

Featured Image: Great Britain has a second Global Combine Invite. Glen Mbeleg-Toonga (number 24).

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