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For the Titans, his breakout season in the number seven jersey has seen him elevated to on-field captain.

Off-field, Fogarty is an emerging indigenous elder.

His wife Kahlia says Jamal is passionate about his culture and being a strong role-model for young indigenous kids.

“He just wants to help whoever he can, no matter who it is,” she says.

“When Jamal was working in youth justice, it really hit home for him that he wanted to be the role model and be someone for those kids to lean on.

“It really opened his eyes, it was beautiful.

Fogarty is a proud Mununjali man from Beaudesert and he is keen to share his culture.

“It is really important to him,” Kahlia says.

“Especially talking to his daughters about this culture and where he is from and his mob.

“Growing up not many kids know about that kind of stuff and the indigenous culture, so it is really important for Jamal to teach our girls.”

Fogarty wants to provide the support that he says he received from his community growing up.

“From an early age I’ve always wanted to give back because even though they (community) don’t realise the role they played in my childhood got me to where I am.

“It wasn’t just one person, it was the whole community so I just know how much it worked for myself so I just want to give back whether it is here on the Gold Coast or back home.”

Indigenous Elder Ted Williams says Fogarty will be a key voice for years to come.

“It’s his willingness to be involved and the type of work that he does outside of football and to carry on with it when he finishes football, shows the type of people we are keen to keep within our fold.

“He’s just great.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.