"It could be a fairy-tale ending": Kerry Joseph happy to be back

Joseph plans on practicing Thursday
Reported by Joel Gasson
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The man affectionately known as "KJ" is back in Regina.

Kerry Joseph landed at the Regina International Airport Wednesday afternoon. He would then be assessed in a physical, likely pass, and officially sign a contract to once again be a Saskatchewan Roughrider.

The 41-year-old can then officially put on green and white for the first time since winning the Grey Cup with the team in 2007.

"It's good, always been a good place to me," said Joseph. "Just to be back here is a good feeling just to come join a good football team and help out any way I can."

It's been a crazy weekend for Joseph, who was at home in the United States before receiving the phone call from the Riders and General Manager Brendan Taman. Joseph got that call on his birthday.

"So, it was a great birthday gift," said Joseph.

Joseph did get the blessing from his wife, Courtney, to come back to Regina and resume his football career.

The quarterback wasn't just sitting around and enjoying the first taste of retirement. Joseph was running a sports performance centre in the New Orleans area, a job that kept Joseph in pretty good shape.

Joseph was also a guest coach with the New Orleans Saints during the NFL team's training camp.

Now that Joseph is back in the Queen City, he's ready to do whatever is asked of him.

"I just want to come in, get with coach Cortez, I'm pretty familiar with the system." he said. "Whatever I need to do, that's what I'm here for, that's why I came."

It was nearly year ago that Joseph last played a game in the CFL, a game that happened to be played at Mosaic Stadium.

It's a return that Joseph admits is a little surreal, but it's a ride he's looking forward to taking.

"It could be a fairy-tale ending."

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