(Vancouver) The BC Lions Football Club announced this morning that national long-snapper Mike Benson has signed a contract for the 2017 season. Benson was slated to become a free agent in February.

Mike has given us everything you can ask for as our long-snapper over the past few years and its good to have him returning next season,” said GM and head coach Wally Buono. “Often times we dont appreciate the consistency needed to perform that duty on special teams, but much of our success in that area starts with him.”

Since joining the Lions at the midpoint of the 2014 season, the Winnipeg native has not missed a single regular season start over 45 games and four postseason tilts. He’s recorded 12 special teams tackles in that stretch.

The Lions also announced that another special teams ace and potential free agent, Nehemie Kankolongo has signed a two-year deal. The Coquitlam product and reserve linebacker was added to the club’s roster in July and appeared in 13 regular season games along with two more in the postseason notching six tackles.