Michael Lichaa managed just nine appearances for the Bulldogs in the Canterbury Cup NSW last year but still played a crucial role in their top-four finish at the end of regular season.
Lichaa produced two tries, nine try-assists and 10 line-break assists in his brief cameo for Canterbury-Bankstown, and well and truly showed he was a class above with some stunning performances in the no.9 jersey.
His best display came in Round 14 against the North Sydney Bears, where he recorded an incredible four try-assists, four line-break assists, two offloads and 44 tackles to help claim a thumping 42-16 victory.
The Bulldogs late-season surge saw their premiership defence given a major boost when they finished fourth after a gruelling campaign, although their efforts were to no avail with back-to-back losses in the finals series.
Lichaa made his NRL debut with the Sharks in Round 2 of the 2014 season before signing with the Bulldogs for the following campaign. He has played 113 games across six seasons, and represented Lebanon on five occasions.
2020 saw him sign with Cronulla Caringbah Sharks in the Sydney Shield competition, and inspired them to a remarkable Grand Final victory, which saw them overcome a 26-0 deficit to earn an unlikely premiership triumph.