There was a moment where Michael Chee Kam feared he was closer to resigning rather than re-signing.
That after assaulting a ride-share driver at Bondi during the NRLs so-called summer of hell, his contract would be torn up.
“Yeah, that was all going through my head,” said Chee Kam, who pleaded guilty in court to a charge of common assault and was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond and was fined $2000.
“It was pretty stressful for my family and my wife.
“It was just a big misunderstanding. I regret it now, its one of those things where if I had walked away, nothing would have happened. We all make mistakes and weve got to learn from then.
“Dont put yourself in that situation. Thats the biggest learning.”
The season isnt yet half over and already it has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows for Chee Kam. If the pre-season incident was the nadir, then the peak came in round five.
Its one of those things where if I had walked away, nothing would have happened.
Michael Chee Kam
With the match on the line against the Broncos, the Samaon international beat five defenders to seal one of the biggest boilovers of the season. Plays such as this, coupled with the clubs belief his indiscretion was an aberration, prompted the Tigers to offer him a contract extension.
“I feel pretty bad I put the club and my family in a bad spot,” he said.
“I love this club and want to repay the faith, especially with them showing the faith in me for another two years.
“They knew my story and knew I was going to be all right. They know the kind of person I am, that it was out of character. Ive got to move on from it now.
“Thats massive, to be able to do what I want to do for another two years in the NRL competition. Its a dream of mine as a kid and to get to do it for another two years is pretty unreal.
“This is my fourth year at this club, its like home for me know. Im really loving my time here and I want to be part of the future.
“Im grateful, I want to play some good footy for them and the fans.”
The Tigers take on Canberra on Friday in what will be their first home clash at Bankwest Stadium. The joint-venture outfit could welcome back back-rower Chris Lawrence after he recovered from horrific facial injuries suffered in a head clash witRead More – Source