Lui's new deal gets the ultimate seal of approval
When Canberra forward Dunamis Lui wanted to test his daughter's thoughts on him leaving the Raiders, her reaction said it all.
"A couple of weeks ago my wife mentioned to my daughter - just to get a reaction out of her - she said 'daddy's leaving to go play for another team next year'," Lui said.
"My daughter looked at me confused and said, 'no daddy, you stay here with this team'."
The year after coming back from an ACL reconstruction, Lui has celebrated his solid form this season with a new three-year deal which will keep him in the nation's capital until the end of the 2021 season.
Despite admitting to concern over the health of his knee earlier in the season, the 28-year-old has played all 20 games for the Green Machine this season.
"I feel blessed, from going from the last couple of season's I've had to the season I've been having in terms of staying on the field, it's a blessing from the man upstairs," he said.
"Everything just led me to stay here in Canberra, my family's happy here, I'm happy here."
Lui admitted he had turned down more money on offer from other clubs to remain at the Raiders as they transition into a new era of forwards with the departure of Shannon Boyd (Titans) and Junior Paulo (Eels).
"There were other clubs, I don't want to say who, there were a couple of options and I had a bit more money [on offer] there," Lui said.
"The way I'm set up here at the moment with my family, I chose what I have here what they were offering."
Throughout the countless hours of rehabilitation following his ACL tear, Josh Papalii was at Lui's side.
From the time of Lui's injury, Papalii dedicated his time on the field to his close friend, writing his name on his wrist strapping as a reminder.
"We're close off the field and we've been through a lot with family stuff as well but obviously his footy is doing a lot of the talking at the moment so I'm happy for him, Papalii said.
"He was doing it pretty tough to be honest when he first did his knee, I invested a lot of time in just texting him and going around.
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"I obviously got to see him emotional at times and when he made his comeback in round one this year he's definitely improved, and it has got him another contract with the Raiders."
Both Lui and Papalii said they have not been paying too much attention to the drama surrounding the Wests Tigers and their coaching ranks ahead of their clash on Sunday afternoon.
"I haven't heard much from their side, to be honest, I know we still need to turn up and still win for the Canberra people," Papalii said.