Their loss last night may not have been the best result but there has been a boost of sorts for the Newcastle Knights, with live-wire, in-form centre Dane Gagai, re-signing at the club.
With rumours rife that he was headed for a return to the Brisbane Broncos, a club he was let go from in 2012, his new deal in Newcastle runs until the end of 2017.
The club were well aware that it was a tough decision for Gagai to make and with family back home in Queensland, it was not easy.
Despite that, they are pleased to see Gagai stay involved with the club for a couple more seasons.
â€œClearly Dane is a talented player and has been a wonderful addition to our Club but he is also a fantastic person away from football and in the community and that is certainly taken into consideration when building a team,â€ CEO Matt Gidley said.
â€œWe understood there was a lot for Dane to consider with his family based in Queensland, but we made sure Dane knew he was a part of our long term plans.
â€œSo while negotiations can be drawn out at times, we are happy to see Dane re-sign and commit to Newcastle.â€
With a total of 64 games played for the Knights so far, Gagai said it was a big decision but the enjoyment of football and the club itself are why he stayed.
â€œThis was a really big decision for me and my family,â€ the 24-year-old explains.
â€œI owe the Knights a lot because they gave me a chance when Anthony Griffin let me go in 2012, but I still had a number of factors to consider in making this decision with my family living in Queensland.
â€œI am really happy the decision has been made because I am enjoying my football and I love it here.â€
Originally from Mackay, the atmosphere and culture of the Newcastle area feels like home to Gagai.
â€œI have been made to feel a part of this Club from the minute I arrived and everyone was just so welcoming,â€ Gagai added.
â€œI donâ€™t think I could have left the boys to be honest and I like where the Club is going and I want to continue to be apart of it.â€