Chee Kam spies opportunity...

Chee Kam spies opportunity in youth

Chris Kennedy Wed 23 Dec, 2015, 12:00pm
By Chris Kennedy ‌, National Correspondent, NRL.com

Chee Kam spies opportunity in youth

Wests Tigers recruit Michael Chee Kam says while there was disappointment about being moved on from Manly, his new club’s youthful roster presents an opportunity both for himself in the short term and the club in the long term.

After Chee Kam was told (via his manager Stan Martin) he would not be offered a new deal at the northern beaches club, he figured his chances of adding to his sole NRL appearance in 2014 were slim.

However he ended up getting the call up for four more games in the last six weeks of the season and that surprise stint in the top grade has boosted his confidence ahead of his arrival at Concord, where a host of fresh faces have him positive about the season ahead.

Chee Kam said his manager’s advice was Jason Taylor’s young squad would provide him with a good chance of tasting first grade in 2016.

“He asked if I wanted to come to the Tigers; he thought it’d be a good opportunity for me with a young squad and he saw a lot of opportunity for me to try and crack a regular first grade spot,” Chee Kam told NRL.com.

Chee Kam had his first two seasons out of the NYC – in 2013-14 – ruined by injury; 2015 say him follow a full pre-season with a full playing season (mostly in the NSW Cup with Manly) for the first time.

While that only added to his disappointment in being moved on from Manly before being given a serious crack, he believes that consistency of fitness and his brief stint in the top grade will stand him in good stead.

“It was obviously disappointing [to get moved on]; that was before I played those couple of games at the back end of the year so I was disappointed I didn’t really get a chance to fully show that I could play at that level these last couple of years with all the injuries and stuff,” he said.

"I didn’t think they were going to give me those games that I played at the end after they told me that, so I was pretty happy with those couple of games that I got.

“I used that to build my confidence and get some experience playing at the top level. It got me some confidence back so I could bring that here to the Tigers.”

Chee Kam was able to laugh off his previous injury dramas, while setting his goals to be one of the club’s fittest over the pre-season before hopefully cementing a first grade spot and proving to the Tigers hierarchy that he is worthy of a contract extension beyond his current one-year deal.

“Yeah last year I didn’t miss any games, mostly played in NSW Cup so I don’t really think about injuries too much anymore. I’m sweet now!” he said.

"I was always pride myself in pre-season to try and be as fit as I can and try and be in the front group whenever I can.

"Last year was my first full pre season and I played the whole year so I reckon if you have a good pre-season that will help you through the whole year.

“[My current deal] is only one year but for sure I’m looking to extend so I want to do the best I can, put my best foot forward in anything I do like training. Hopefully when the games come I can show the right people that I want to stay here and extend.”

Chee Kam praised both the coaching staff and young exciting talent – notably young playmaking trio of halfback Luke Brooks, five-eighth Mitch Moses and fullback James Tedesco – at Concord.

“The coaching staff here have been great. They’re all easy to talk to, ‘JT’ [Jason Taylor] calls us in for one on one meetings probably every week. It’s good to get feedback on what we need to do and stuff. If we’re down on something at training he looks at that and always talks to us. I just need to work on some little things defensively and stuff like that,” he said.

“It’s pretty exciting, they’re all great talents here who can do freakish things on the field. It’s exciting times for the club and I hope I get to be a part of what’s going to come.”

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“The coaching staff here have been great. They’re all easy to talk to, ‘JT’ [Jason Taylor] calls us in for one on one meetings probably every week. It’s good to get feedback on what we need to do and stuff. If we’re down on something at training he looks at that and always talks to us. I just need to work on some little things defensively and stuff like that,” he said.

Please ignore direct quote from player regarding Coach …as it is a simple case of towing company line…

Already good mates with some of the boys, Simona, Nofa etc

Hope he kills it

Nice young man. Hope he stays injury free and has an outstanding season with us.

What position does he play?

@swag tiger:

What position does he play?

He plays second row, but can also fill in at centre.

“JT’ [Jason Taylor] calls us in for one on one meetings probably every week. It’s good to get feedback on what we need to do and stuff. If we’re down on something at training he looks at that and always talks to us.” Good coaching from Taylor.

Suited to a bench position for the start of 2016. He was good off the bench for Manly in the backend of 2015. Still young and on the way up. His best is 2nd (once on the field) plays with a lot of energy. IMO WTs should keep developing him as a starting 2nd… Putting pressure on and competing for that spot.

Id rank him third in my top 5 , second rowers for 2016.
1. Sirro, 2. Lawrence , 3. Chee Kam, 4. Haletau , 5. Lovett

Before; Lamar Liolevave, Jesse Parahi ,A Fine
With; Sue, Edwards, Cassell, Billy Mc, Rod Griffin all more suited to Lock/Front row.
Also would rank him in at about 3rd choice for a centre position. Which makes him a special for a bench position

I’d have him on the bench for sure as a backrow option, but he could also handle centre far more effectively than someone like Lovett in the event of injury.

I like the fact he’s not only hungry to impress and to play for us, but if he does well he’s aiming to re-sign with us. There’s no need for him to say that but the fact he does means he’s enjoying himself here amd thinks he could have a long term stay with us.

Hope he has a cracking year and re-signs long term.
Don’t wanna lose a gun if it turns out that way.

Has the highest upside of the recruits IMO

Great to see a new recruit in the squad be so positive and honest about the club and coaching staff and players…hope he has a bonzer year with us….

Wishing all the forum members a very merry Christmas and a happy new year hope Santa brings you a premiership in 2016.
Cheers

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