The 2016 NRL premiership player of the year is playing on Wednesday night for the NSW Warriors as his team heads into Melbourne for a battle with North Queensland.
Tigers superstar Dane Gagai is out of town to be treated for injury. (Getty Images) ()
The two teams are set to square off in the quarter-finals of the NRL Telstra Premiership tonight and the club's biggest star is on the pitch, training for an exciting clash.
It will mark the 25th anniversary of Gagai's debut for the Warriors during that year's grand final, which took place on September 28, 1999 at ANZ Stadium in Melbourne.
The 6-foot-9 Gagai made his NRL debut against Melbourne in round 12, 1999 and played nine minutes.
On September 29, 2010, Gagai and his team-mates were sent home after suffering a shoulder injury against the Storm.
His shoulder pain came three years later against the Rabbitohs when Gagai hurt his shoulder on a blindside, meaning he didn't receive his first chance at a NRL game since before the 2000 season.
Tigers superstar Dane Gagai is off training for the rest of the week for the Sydney Roosters to take on their brother in the semi-finals. (AAP) ()
He was still a member of the Crusaders, with the NSW squad that defeated the Storm in the 2015 grand final and the Tigers again in the 2016 grand final.
Gagai joined the Warriors in the summer of 2015, making his debut the previous season against Cronulla at Hunter Stadium.
It was one of the standout performances of Gagai's NRL career and a return match for a young Gagai will be very welcome from NSW coach Michael Maguire and his team.
media_camera Dane Gagai is playing for his hometown club the Tigers as he works towards his return. (Rich Cabral/AAP) ()
A former World Cup and Brownlow medallist, Gagai was also in the squad for the Gold Coast Titans' premiership-winning 2012 game against Parramatta last season.
It was that game, however, which saw the former South Sydney medallist pick up an injury at the end of the first half and was unable to play in the grand final.
Gagai will come out of this game without fully recovered from shoulder surgery at Cronulla in February 2016, a condition he broke before the season started.
The Tigers coach, Michael Maguire, said earlier this season that Gagai's rehabilitation will only take a few weeks after he ha
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