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The Bombers will be coached by Cass McCormack and assisted by Hamilton in 2019.
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It has been a different preseason for the Bombers as they have looked to combat the injuries and it has come from a strong source.
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“It has been really good so far; the warm ups ensure we are ready to go and the training that Michelle is putting us through is at a very high level.
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