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Brisbane fullback Reece Walsh teared up when he was asked about the role fatherhood and his young daughter Leila had played in his life as a footballer and a man - with his tattoos reflecting the huge impact she's already had on his life.
'She has been awesome for me. She calms me down,' the 21-year-old said ahead of Saturday night's preliminary final clash with the Warriors.
'Not everything is about footy and a job. When I am in the (Broncos) facility I am the footy player.
'When I step out and see my little one and my family, I am Dad.
'It is pretty awesome. I am still so young but I feel if it wasn't for her I wouldn't be in this position. She is pretty awesome. I get emotional about it.'
Reece Walsh got emotional when talking about his two-year-old daughter Leila and the immense impact she's had on his life
The lion and cub tattoo on Walsh's left leg represents him and his two-year-old daughter
The superstar's career was at a crossroads in 2021 when he was suspended for cocaine possession while playing for the New Zealand Warriors.
He returned to the Broncos this season to be closer to his daughter, who he says makes him a better man and player.
Walsh even got some fresh tattoos on his arm and leg that are inspired by Leila.
'They represent my young daughter,' he told News Corp.
'I got her name