TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Dane Gagai of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Scott Drinkwater of the Cowboys during the round 18 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

For the first time, South Sydney star Dane Gagai has broken his silence over the speculations that he wanted to quit the club, simply saying: “I will never say those words.”

It was speculated that Gagai was planning to leave the Rabbitohs last month after being pushed aside to play on the wing following the arrival of James Roberts in the middle of the season.

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The club was quick to dismiss any reports of Gagai wanting to leave after coach Wayne Bennett confronted the Queensland representative about the reports.

“I’m fully committed,” Gagai told the media.

“To be honest, I don’t know where those rumours even started. It came as a bit of a shock when Wayne pulled me into the office to have a bit of a chat about it.

“I’ve never said those words, I never will say those words.”

Gagai denies ever thinking negatively about Roberts.

“This is where he grew up, this is home and it’s good to have him back. I roomed with Jimmy in the indigenous All-Stars and he’s a bloody character,” Gagai said.

“He’s a bit of a comedian, the lad. I really enjoy having him here.”

Since switching to the wing, Gagai has gone on to score three tries in four games, an achievement he has not recorded since 2015. Gagai also stated that he prefers being involved in attack.

“I just want to get my hands on the ball. With some of the new staff that’s come here, in our attack, I’m able to do that now,” Gagai said.

“Last year we were pretty left-side dominant. We’d set up to the right and shift left and that was pretty much our game plan each week.”

Gagai went on to explain how the Rabbitohs predictability caused them to fall to the hands of the Roosters last year in the preliminary finals.

“We needed to be a lot more versatile because the Roosters shut us down in the semis and we didn’t really have a plan B,” Gagai said.

“But now with Cody (Walker) showing what he can do, he’s playing both sides of the ball. He’s put me over for a couple of tries on the right edge.”


  1. Someone is a little behind on this news.
    Was covered a week ago.
    ZT get with the speed please.

  2. I have always liked Gagai and it was good to see him clarify everything, Souths need his experience and will be invaluable come semi time.

    Not sure if it was my personal plee to Zero tackle, but has everyone noticed the lack of opinions from certain people on this site? finally getting back to peoples opinion without that nasty touch.

  3. Frank put a sock in it, and learn to spell right why your at it, breads disharmony hey, maybe breeds might be better, tham is than, where the hell you come from, just when we weed out the rif raft you pop up, never a dull moment on this site.

  4. Who’s to say that Wayne won’t swap Dane Gagai and Braidon Burns around in the future? It’s not as if every player’s position is set in stone is it?

  5. To be fair redv13 its actually woody’s 9th alias with banned previously and currently running 4.
    Same old garbage over and over.
    I think his emoji link freezed up on him for now.

  6. Outsider, who stuffed up there?
    Boy, if the titans could have their time over again on Wayne Bennet.
    They are obviously as stupid as you are.

  7. Give it a rest Wood-duck – you keep getting called out & just can’t handle it.

    Secretly I think that you are in love with Penso

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