League star Griffin set to welcome young son into the world
FORMER Ipswich Jets star Rod Griffin is set to have two reasons to rejoice this week.
Not only is the 28-year-old prop set to move to Sydney on Saturday to join Wests Tigers for pre-season training.
His wife Brooke is about to give birth to a young son at any moment.
The baby boy will be the couple's first child.
Griffin was given an extra two weeks by the Wests Tigers before joining the club for pre-season training so he could stay in Brisbane and be with his wife as they prepare for the most special moment of their lives.
Griffin capped a brilliant year at the Jets by winning the Allan Langer Medal as the side's best and fairest player of the year after playing a key role in the Jets triumphs in the Intrust Super Cup and NRL State Championship.
The PNG international was in the Tigers system as a teenager where he first met the club's star prop Aaron Woods.
He has to pinch himself when he considers all the wonderful experiences he has had this year and can't wait to rip into training.
"It is surreal at the moment and I don't think the penny will drop until I go to Tigers training for the first time and see blokes like Aaron Woods again," Griffin said.
"It is like I have gone a full circle.
"It is place that was pretty good to me through the juniors.
"I did a pre-season with the top grade squad when I was 17 or 18 and played Jersey Flegg and Premier League.
"Woodsy is a bit younger than me but he had a couple of stints with us. I am looking forward to playing with the big fella."
"Our baby is coming…so it is all happening this pre-season."