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Farewell Dane Gagai

Over the next two weeks the nib Newcastle Knights farewell the Club's departing players of 2017 by looking back over their time at the Club.

Up first is Dane Gagai, who made 127 NRL appearances for the nib Newcastle Knights.

The Queensland representative arrived at the Knights back in 2012, and in the five years since his strong form at Club level has seen him play seven matches for the Maroons, three for the Indigenous All Stars and one for the Prime Minister's XIII.

In this farewell, Gagai's teammates and coach discuss what they admired and appreciated most about him.

Nathan Brown:

The thing I like most about Gags is how much he competes.

Off the back of Origin he has come back to a Club that will not be taking part in finals footy, and at times played with injuries that could have put his Origin spot at risk.

Trent Hodkinson:

With Dane you know he is going to give 100 per cent, no matter what.

He's an X-factor type of player.

Jamie Buhrer:

Considering his size he's incredibly strong.

"You think you can whack him because he looks like a skinny fella, but he's very strong."

Daniel Saifiti:

I was probably a bit starstruck when I came into the side last year, but now I consider him a good mate of mine he's always ready to listen and share his exprience with us younger boys.

Sione Mata'utia:

When I first started out he was always helpful.

Before I debuted he definitely gave me a few tips and told me to be confident.

Dane Gagai:

I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me and the Newcastle Knights.

You're the best fans out there and your resilience is second to none.

I'm definitely going to miss you all, but this Club has a bright future.