Sukh Chungh would like to hoist his first-ever Grey Cup very soon, and with the team he grew up watching and studying only 30 km away.
The Port Coquitlam product signed a two-year contract extension with the BC Lions today (Feb. 9) — five days before becoming a free agent across the Canadian Football League (CFL).
The 30-year-old offensive lineman has suited up in 107 games in seven seasons, earning one western division all-star nod in 2018.
His new deal keeps him in orange and black until the end of the 2024 season, when Vancouver and BC Place is set to host the title game.
"I am hungrier than ever for the chance to bring a Grey Cup back to my home province," said Chungh in a team release.
"It has been an honour to suit up for the team I grew up watching, especially with the core group of players that are also sticking around. We can't wait to tackle unfinished business."
Chungh played 16 games in the Lions' 22 campaign and helped lead B.C. to a 12-6 record and to the western semi-final in ending a four-year playoff drought.
However, the team came up short to Chungh's former franchise, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
At six-foot-four and 315 pounds, his aggressive play and protection also aided one of the BC Lions' best net offense and points-per-game records in team history.
Chungh started his football goals at Terry Fox Secondary, defending the Ravens to three-straight senior varsity titles from 2006 to 2008.
During that span, he also set a pair of school records in the weight room for bench press and squat lifts.
He was drafted second overall by Winnipeg in 2015 out of the University of Calgary and played 69 games in the royal blue and gold over four seasons, including four playoff tilts.
Prior to his selection that same year, Chungh received an invitation to the NFL's Super Regional Combine in Arizona.
He's a former two-time All-Canadian at the highest level of collegiate football in the country, and led the Dinos to the 2013 championship final.
Chungh migrated back to B.C. in 2019 when signed as a free agent with the Lions and has 38 games under his belt since.