David Klemmer Jr has been home for a week now.
But after watching his newborn spend the previous week in intensive care due to a torn lung, there were a few harrowing moments when David Klemmer Snr didn't think he'd be home at all.
"He didn't want to come out. He was just stressing too much and he wasn't breathing properly. I thought the worst straight away. My missus was pretty emotional," Klemmer told AAP.
"It's different when you're a father and you see something like that."
And that was when he called Aaron Woods, whose first chance to console his best mate was in the week leading up to a clash between their respective NRL sides.
Also deep in negotiations with Canterbury on a move out of Wests Tigers, Woods knew there would be backlash if he was spotted sitting with the enemy - but he didn't care.
"The first person I called was Woodsy, he was pretty supportive and he said we'd catch up as soon we can - and that day was the day," Klemmer said.
"It obviously wasn't the best day for him, but he didn't care of the consequences.
"I've virtually got my missus' family and I've only got him as my own personal family. It was good - I rely on him and he really helps me out in my life. He's a good bloke.
"Obviously the timing wasn't great but I went through a bit of a struggle with my little one being crook when he came out. People need to realise we're good mates."
In a week when the annual City-Country fixture was brought to its knees, Klemmer revealed it was in Dubbo back in 2014 when he and Woods became good friends.
The Bulldogs rookie had just broken onto the NRL scene.
"I was only 20 when I first got my rep jersey and played for City. I got to go away and play with some older blokes. I reckon that really helped me get my name out there," he said.
"I really enjoyed my time playing there. You get to go to the country, country people really enjoy it. And opportunities like that are when you meet lifelong friends."
Already considered the cornerstones of the Blues' pack against Queensland, the pair had been pencilled in as the Kangaroos' starting front-row pairing against New Zealand on Friday.
However Woods succumbed to a groin injury and was ruled out.
Klemmer said there would be plenty of time to run out alongside his best mate - especially after Woods finally announced his move to Belmore.
"Obviously he was copping a bit of flak, but talking with him throughout the entire controversy - I just told him to make the right decision for him and his family," Klemmer said.
"Either way, if he signed with the Tigers or Dogs, I'd be happy for him."