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Knight In Maroon Armour

  • Knight In Maroon Armour

In a record breaking night of Origin madness on Wednesday a representative career was born for Newcastle Knights outside back Dane Gagai.


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He knows his way around Suncorp Stadium, but his State of Origin debut in the 2015 series decider would've felt like a whole new world to the reformed flyer.

Gagai has come a long way since his time at the Broncos, where he was forced to leave for disciplinary reasons, and since then he's progressed in leaps and bounds since his move to the Knights.

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The 2015 NRL season has been his best to date. Consistent game-breaking performances for the Knights, particularly in their early season romp of wins, are just the beginning of the talent that was identified in him long ago. He's emerging as a future leader of the club given Kurt Gidley's impending departure to the English Super League.

Some would say that Gagai's promotion to the Queensland squad was lucky - and, in part, it was thanks to an unfortunate injury to a State legend - but it was always only a matter of time before he would make the step up to representative football.

Now that he's there, it's hard to see him leaving.

We're all tired of hearing about how the Queensland squad is ageing but the reality is that it is and many players may have now played their last Origin match.

With Justin Hodges retiring from representative football and Billy Slater at the beck and call of injury there's a position in the outside backs available and it's Gagai's to lose.

The 2015 series decider started a bit wobbly for Dane Gagai but he came to and he'll be a fixture of the team for many series to come.

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