Sea Eagles forward brothers Livingstone, Michael and Ezera Chee-Kam at Brookvale Oval, Picture: Phil Rogers.
SEA Eagles prop Michael Chee-Kam has revealed his dream of emulating the Burgess brothers by one day playing first grade alongside his younger siblings at the Sea Eagles.
And the first steps towards achieving that goal will occur on Saturday at Brookvale Oval when his brothers line up in Manly’s junior representative sides.
Seventeen-year-old Ezera will play centre in the SG Ball side against Perth while Livingstone, 14, is a prop in the Harold Matthews team playing South Western Sydney Academy.
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“I used to make them play in the front yard and tackle each other,” Michael said.
“But now I can see them coming through the ranks and I’m very proud.”
Livingstone, Michael and Ezera Chee-Kam training this week. Picture: Phil Rogers. .
The Chee-Kam brothers are close and live together in the family home at Collaroy.
“My dad Tusi has played a big part in this,” Michael said.
“He is a machine operator and after a 12 hour shift he will take the boys to training.
“It is a big sacrifice but he loves seeing the boys coming up.”
And Michael will in the crowd at Brookie to watch his brothers run around.
“It would be a dream come true to one day to get to play with the boys,” Michael said.
“They have a good system here and will learn a lot if they really listen.
The Chee-Kam brothers could one all play together with the Sea Eagles.
“But I’m a bit older so I will have to try and stick around longer so I can get to play with them.”
Ezera, a year 12 student at Cromer High, said can’t wait to pull on his Sea Eagles jumper today.
“It is a blessing and I am thankful to have the opportunity here,” he said.
Livingstone, who is in year nine, already tips the scales at 104kg.
“He’s a big unit, he eats all the food,” Michael laughed.
But Livingstone is not so keen about playing alongside his brothers.
“I want to play opposite them, I want to belt them,” he said.
Michael Chee-Kam in action for the Sea Eagles during the Auckland Nnes. Picture: Getty Images.
This is also shaping up a watershed season for the eldest brother Michael who comes off contract at the end of the season.
“I’ve been here for three years now coming up and I’ve got to try and make the most of it because I want to stay here,” Michael said.
He also wants to repay the faith shown in him by coach Geoff Toovey over. the past two seasons.
The Harold Matthews kicks off at 10am and the SG Ball at 11.30.