Gagai ready for Rabbitohs test

03 January 2018 19:57:32 GMTPlus11

After a successful 2017, Dane Gagai is looking forward to making a fresh start with new club South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The speedster, who has won a World Cup and a Wally Lewis Medal, isn't about to rest on his laurels after his move from Newcastle Knights.

Gagai was named the player of the State of Origin series and also established himself on the right wing for the Kangaroos. He only made his international debut in the opening game of the tournament against England, but went on to play in five of Australia's six matches.

As he takes up a contract with the Rabbitohs that will last until 2021, he says he's learned a lot from playing alongside the likes of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.

He has fresh insights into the things he needs to do to consistently perform at his best, including recovery, preparation and diet.

Gagai says he feels blessed to have been part of the Kangaroos' World Cup success on home soil, which he regards as the highest achievement in the sport.

"I learned so much from being in the World Cup. I have always been pretty good with my diet, but the big thing I learned was that you can't get complacent," added the 27-year-old.

"It was a new experience for me being in a hotel every day and there was a lot of travel. You'd play a game, do recovery the next day and then fly to another city; it is just little things like that but you need to be aware of them."

Gagai is ready to get stuck into Rabbitohs training, having taken an extended break following the World Cup.

One of the big attractions about joining the club, for him, was the opportunity to play with Greg Inglis, a team-mate at Queensland and the Indigenous All Stars.

Gagai said: "Greg is one of those players you want to be around. He's just a top bloke, so I'm really looking forward to playing alongside him again and there's also some exciting young players coming through."

South Sydney are 3.75 to win the 2018 NRL Grand Final, while the Rabbitohs are 1.004 to finish in the top four.

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