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Panthers star Jarome Luai is so serious about winning Sunday's grand final, he had his newborn daughter with partner Bailey Paris Toleafoa induced on Monday to ensure the birth didn't clash with the big game.
The 25-year-old welcomed daughter Halo, his third child with Toleafoa, on Monday - posting an adorable snap of the newborn in a crib wrapped in a hospital blanket.
The pair are already parents to Akira, 10 months, and Izzy, four.
He followed up the snap with some shots of Izzy meeting his new baby sister, with the toddler smiling for a photo with his mother before kissing Halo sweetly on the cheek.
Jarome Luai holds newborn daughter Halo while his four-year-old son Izzy gives his new sister a sweet kiss on the cheek
Luai's partner Bailey Paris Toleafoa with the couple's son Izzy, with daughter Halo lying in the crib wrapped up in a hospital blanket
Luai has vowed to bring a premiership ring home for Toleafoa after she was induced into labour to avoid a possible grand final dilemma.
He returned for the club's fan and media day on Tuesday, before rushing back to the hospital to help take Halo home for the first time.
With their baby initially due on Tuesday, the couple had long planned to accelerate the process, if needed, to ensure there was no clash with Sunday's decider.
In doing so, they avoided the situation that Luai's opponent Mitchell Moses was presented with last week, when he missed attending the birth of his first child to play in Parramatta's preliminary final win in Townsville.
Jarome Luai takes some selfies with Panthers fans at the club's open training session on Tuesday morning in Penrith
Now, the pair will mark up against each other in the title decider at Accor Stadium after rollercoaster weeks.
'We planned it previously that if we were to make the grand final that Bailey would get induced on Monday,' Luai told AAP on Tuesday.
'She was due today. It just feels like the stars have aligned for us. They're special moments that I'll never forget and cherish until I die.
'Just grateful and