With his trademark grin and larger-than-life personality, when it comes to cricket's King of Spin, Shane "Warney" Warne, it's hard not to love him.
Described by his friends as an "old softie" at heart, the lovable larrikin, 52, considered one of the greatest cricketers of all time, is getting ready for the next exciting chapter in his life – becoming a grandad!
"He's at the stage, like many retired sportsmen, where he can now focus on family first. He's got a real soft side and is a big teddy bear, so as a doting grandad he'll get the chance to get even closer to his own amazing kids, who are all busy making their place in the world," a well-placed insider tells Woman's Day.
Despite plenty of regrets over the years, one thing is certain: Warney's greatest achievements are his children, daughters Brooke, 24, and Summer, 20, and son Jackson, 22, who he shares with ex-wife Simone Callahan.
So when a normally shy Jackson took to social media recently to introduce his new love, 21-year-old student Kiah Broadsmith, it didn't take long for his famous dad to give his stamp of approval, posting, "Awwwwww love you guys" with a series of love heart emojis alongside.
With eldest daughter Brooke and her long-time boyfriend Alex Heath rumoured to be tying the knot in early 2022, it may not be too long before the spin-bowling dad gets to enjoy the pitter-patter of little feet around the family home!
"Imagine Warney as a grandad – he's just a big kid at heart. He'll have them playing backyard cricket and bowling right-arm off spin before they can even walk!" tells the insider.
"He's fit and firing in his 50s, and he's never been more ready for a second chance – he knows how much he missed with his own kids."
Like many professional sportsmen, Warney, along with other greats like Australian golf legend Greg Norman, by their own admission, sacrificed plenty throughout their careers to get to No. 1.
And last week, in another move towards redemption, the much-anticipated trailer dropped for Warney's long-awaited documentary, Shane, in cinemas on January 6, and general streaming worldwide January 25.
The tantalising teaser features everyone from Ed Sheeran – who describes his sporting hero as "one of the few rock'n'roll sportsmen" – to family and former teammates making heartwarming cameos.
"It's so brutally honest – just like Warney! The kids talk about the good and not-so-good memories, and how they understand the sacrifices he made back then to be where he is today," says the insider.
"And when the time finally comes and he gets to cradle his first grandchild in his arms, there's no doubt even Warney will shed a tear or two. Underneath all the bravado is a bloke who loves nothing more than his family."