As the Newcastle Knights prepare for the Round 7 match against the Parramatta Eels, Dane Gagai assured the team is committed to re-igniting the same flair and resilience displayed in the first four wins of the season.
“The two games haven’t been our greatest performances and we all know that,” he told the media on Tuesday morning at Wests Mayfield.
“We were out there this morning working hard on a few extra things.
“I’m not worried about anything because that’s well below our standards of what we can produce.
“I guess it’s just about getting in this week and making sure we are doing our extras and just forget about those last two games and just move on.
“There’s still another 20 games left in the season and we are looking forward not looking behind us."
Gagai, a player touted as one of the most talented and exciting centres in the game, sees his future shine the brightest at the Newcastle Knights.
That’s the reason the 24-year-old extended his contract with the Club for an additional two years on Friday after joining the club in 2012.
“I was definitely tossing up whether to head back to Brisbane or stay here, it was a big decision for me,” Gagai told the media after Tuesday’s training session.
“I’d never been in that position before. I guess it was a good position to be in, but I weighed up the options and I’ve really enjoyed my time from when I first came here until now."
The Emerging Maroon revealed he’s enjoyed his football more than ever this season, which has converted to personal success on the football field.
“I’m enjoying the footy I’m playing and the group that I’m playing with,” he added.
“A lot of it had to do with that.
“At the end of the day it came down to where I saw my future and I saw that here.
“It was right up there with one of the toughest things I’ve had to do.”