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Wolves Trade James Pinkney; Mike Potts rejoins team

June 2, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Manchester Wolves News Release

MANCHESTER, NH-- The Manchester Wolves today traded veteran James Pinkney, who started every game at quarterback thus far this season, and have brought back rookie Mike Potts to call the signals for Friday night's arenafootball2 league game against the Albany Firebirds at home.

"We're a four-and-five team right now so the decision was made to go in another direction," said Wolves Head Coach Danton Barto. "Although James helped us win some critical games last year, the organization felt that now is the time for a change."

Pinkney (6-3, 215), who played in nine games this year and completed 186 of 301 passes for 2,375 yards with 49 touchdowns and six interceptions and ranks 10th in the af2 with 117.73 quarterback rating, was traded to the defending ArenaCup Champion Tennessee Valley Vipers for past considerations.

Potts (6-4, 220), who played his collegiate football at William and Mary and lasted until the final cut in the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp last August, competed against Pinkney for the starting job in the Wolves camp this year before being released earlier in the season. When Potts lines up under center on Friday night in a critical East Division game at the Verizon Wireless Arena, he will be not only starting but taking his first snap in an af2 game and for the Wolves.

Potts gave Pinkney (6-3, 215), a two-year veteran af2 player, a spirited challenge for the starting quarterback role all through training camp but Pinkney was named to the position right before the season opener on March 27th. After Potts left the team one month into the season, Richard Kovalcheck was brought in as the back-up and then Willie Copeland, who remains with the Wolves, replaced Kovalcheck as the back-up two weeks ago.

"Mike had a couple of try outs with NFL teams but that didn't work out for him," said Barto. "We're excited to have him back and excited to have him as our starter. Hopefully, he'll give us the spark we need to get back on the winning track."

As Pinkney departs, he takes with him the best wishes of the organization for which he played for two seasons.

"We all hope for the best for James,'' said Barto. "We wish him well with the next step in his career and in everything the future holds for him."

The Wolves (4-5) take on the surging Firebirds (3-6) on The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night and kick-off is slated for 7:30 PM. The following Thursday, June 11th, the East Division leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (8-1) invade Manchester in another crucial division contest and kickoff is also at 7:30 PM.

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