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Klemmer: I hate being away from my kids

David Klemmer – PlayersVoice column

It’s weird being in camp. I love being around the NSW boys, they’re a great bunch of blokes, but I hate being away from my kids.

The first couple of days are OK, but I’m a big cuddler so I love curling up with them on the lounge at home and watching a movie. I miss that.

I’m always doing something with them. Running around after them, playing footy in the backyard, stirring them up somehow. It feels strange when they’re not around.

It’s great that we break camp on Friday afternoon and come back on Sunday morning. I headed straight back to Warners Bay to spend the time with my wife, Chloe, and our three boys – Cooper (six), Jaxon (four) and David (two).

Being a father is very important to me. I don’t take the responsibility lightly. You can’t make the decision to start bringing kids into the world when you and your partner are still teenagers yourselves unless you’re 100 per cent sure it’s what you really want to do.

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It’s hard to imagine life without them now. I reckon I’d be lost. They’ve had an enormously positive effect on me, as I know I’ve had on them and will continue to have. Knowing I’ve got to provide for them keeps me in line. I’m very strict on myself.

I’m only 25, but I’m one of the most experienced Origin players in the NSW team. Someone pointed out to me that Josh Morris is the most experienced with 14 games and that myself and Boyd Cordner are next, with 12 each.

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There are a couple of ways I can use my experience – in footy and in life – to help the guys who have only played a few Origin games and the five who will be making their debuts.

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