Kennar injury a cruel blow, says Gagai

Rabbitohs centre Dane Gagai has his fingers crossed for Richie Kennar, who has been limited to 14 games in four seasons due to injuries, and is facing another lengthy stint on the sidelines.

Gagai told NRL.com he felt for the Samoan-born winger, who has been limited to 14 games in four seasons due to injuries. Kennar injured his foot and ankle in Thursday night's loss to Brisbane and left the field late in the second half following a Broncos try to receive treatment.

Rabbitohs officials are fearful the injury could bring Kennar's season to a premature end.

"It would be a blow to lose him, our combination has been building and getting better each week," Gagai said.

"He's a quality player, I never knew him before I came to the club so I have enjoyed playing alongside him. He's been a bit unlucky with injuries but will bounce back. I'm confident we've got depth at the club to manage if he misses games."

Gagai will return to Newcastle next Friday night in his first game back to the Hunter since departing the club last season.

The 27-year-old international endured a tough end to his six-year stint at the Knights with three consecutive wooden spoons leading to his exit but he enjoyed individual success with Holden State of Origin and international debuts during that period.

Rabbitohs centre Dane Gagai.
Rabbitohs centre Dane Gagai. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

"I can't dwell on moving from there but in saying that it will be interesting coming up against the lads and am still good friends with plenty of them," Gagai said.

"But footy is footy and once you chuck on that jersey, a bit of the mateship goes out the window. I know what a few of those players bring and I'm sure the coaching staff will come up with a game plan.

"I've put the move behind me and am focusing on improving for the Rabbitohs. The only thing I've thought about is it's my son's birthday on that day so I've more been thinking about what I'm going to do for that."