2015 has been the biggest year yet in Dane Gagai’s career as the speedy outside back played for the Indigenous All Stars as well as the Queensland Maroons.
Now, events during the off season have made 2015 the biggest year in Gagai’s life outside of football as well.
It was in August, partner Kelly discovered that she was going to have a baby, although Gagai was in Melbourne at the time.
“I got back from Melbourne and she knew the night before but didn’t want to tell me over the phone,” Gagai explained.
“She said she’d come pick me up when I got back, but I told her I’d get one of the boys to take me home.
“But she said no, she was coming to pick me up.
“She came and got me and she gave me the news, which was a bit of a shock and a surprise.
“I’m excited and looking forward to it, and the baby’s due on the 4th of May."
Gagai says he has been watching teammates who have young children, and can’t wait to join the club.
“Obviously a few of the boys in the team have little ones. I look at Tariq and his daughter, and how they just play with each other," Gagai added.
“It’s a different chapter in my life now and I’m just looking forward to whatever fatherhood brings.”
Gagai is also looking forward to the 2016 pre-season and can’t wait to familiarise himself with the new staff in the football department.
“There’s some new faces here and I’m enjoying working with Browny and Bumper (Mark Andrews),” Gagai said.
“They’ve been fairly good with the balance of our gym sessions and field sessions, so I’m looking forward to the rest of the pre-season.”
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