Home is where the heart is: Lions re-up local boy Sukh Chungh

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Home is where the heart is and it appears that Sukh Chungh has no interest going anywhere else.

The hulking local-born offensive lineman signed an extension with the B.C. Lions, extending his tenure with his hometown club for a third season. He was eligible to become a free agent on February 8.

Chungh started all 14 games at right guard for the Lions in 2021, bringing his career total to 91 CFL games played, but has faced criticism from fans in the past due to his high price tag and perceived underperformance. Lions decision-makers clearly disagree, making retaining the road-grader a priority.

Chungh was selected second overall in the 2015 CFL Draft by Winnipeg and started 69 games over four seasons with the Blue Bombers. He was named a West Division all-star in 2018 before joining the Lions as a free agent.

The Port Coquitlam native enjoyed four years with the University of Calgary Dinos, earning both Canada West all-star and CIS All-Canadian honours in 2013 and 2014.

Along with winning three provincial football titles at Terry Fox Secondary, Chungh was a standout in weightlifting, setting school records in bench press and squats.