Cronulla prop Aaron Woods spent just one hour with his daughter since she was born three weeks ago, so he's more than ready to start building his bond with Coco Rae.
Relief swept through NRL hubs in Queensland on Wednesday as families, officials and players were reunited after being released from their 14-day hotel quarantine.
Hundreds of family members were transported at staggered intervals into the NRL hubs across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast on Wednesday, sparking a sense of excitement in the camps.
Few were more excited than the Woods family.
Aaron's wife Sarah gave birth to Coco Rae just six days before flying into a hard lockdown in Queensland along with the couple's two-year-old son Buster.
"I've only seen my daughter for about an hour and it's been three weeks since she was born so I'm looking forward to that and trying to get a bit of a connection there," Woods said on Wednesday, before the Sharks players we reunited with family later in the afternoon.
"I just can't wait to see my little fella too."
Woods had stayed in Sydney for the birth of Coco Rae before flying in to join the team's hub in Brisbane.
Since then he's only had Facetime contact with his newborn as his wife wrangled the difficulty of two kids in a hotel room for a fortnight.
"She's taken one for the team, she's done it tough obviously," Woods said.
"Her (hotel) level was quite hard, they didn't have a microwave or vacuum cleaner or anything but we're lucky we've got some friends outside that could ring around and support her and help her out.
"She's done a massive one, I just can't wait to see the kids.
"The two-year-old has been driving her nuts and she can't wait to get out of that room."
The families entering the NRL bubble will still be subject to Queensland's lockdown laws while players are under level four restrictions.
However, it will afford them some small freedoms like outdoor exercise and leaving their hotel floor, with most prepared to stay in Queensland for the rest of the NRL season.
It's a reality Aiden Tolman addressed with his young family as soon as they found out NRL players were moving to Queensland for a month at minimum.
"We pretty much knew we were going to be away for the whole time just the way it was going, and it made sense to come up here and have crowds," he said.
"That's just the way it is, we're in a fortunate position, we get to still play footy, we still have our jobs.
"A lot of people around the country don't have that opportunity at the moment.
"We're grateful for the opportunity the NRL and the Queensland government have given us and hopefully it can put a few smiles on people's faces."
Australian Associated Press