Rabbitohs upbeat about Inglis’s return, even though he won’t be in their colours

South Sydney chief executive Blake Solly says the club is fully behind Greg Inglis’ decision to come out of retirement and sign for English Super League club Warrington for next season.

Inglis has been employed by the Rabbitohs as a development coach since his retirement from the NRL last year after long-running battles with knee and shoulder injuries.

“I can’t wait to get over there and play for a club that has so much rich heritage,” Inglis said in a statement announcing his decision to return to the field in 2021.

“I’ve played over in England many times in representative footy and love how passionate and vocal the supporters are.

“To get the opportunity to live in the UK, to play for such a powerhouse club that I believe is on the rise is something I’m looking forward to and hopefully I can add value to the team.”

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Widely regarded as one of the best players of the last two decades, Inglis played 263 NRL games with the Melbourne Storm and the Rabbitohs, made 32 State of Origin appearances for Queensland and logged 39 Tests for Australia.

He won three NRL premierships and was voted the world’s best player in 2009.

Inglis will finish his coaching commitments with the Rabbitohs this season and Solly said he had full confidence his decision was the right one.

“Greg has made a wonderful contribution to this club, both on and off the field, and following our discussions with him, we believe it is in his best interests for him to resume his playing career with Warrington next year,” said Solly.

“We have a wonderful relationship with Warrington so we know he is heading to a strong and well-run organisation under the guidance of co-owner Simon Moran, chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick and head coach Steve Price.

“We wish Greg the best of luck for 2021 in England and we look forward to seeing Greg around Redfern Oval this year before finishing his current tenure with the Rabbitohs at the end of this season.”

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Price said the year off had given Inglis “time to refresh both mentally and physically”.

The Super League was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak, and rugby league in England received a loan of 16 million pounds ($30 million) from the Government to help it through the crisis.

There has been no indication when play will resume.

“This signing is a gift to every one of our fantastic members and partners who are currently experiencing difficult times,” Fitzpatrick said.

“We wanted to give everyone something to look forward to.”

Warrington is the reigning Challenge Cup holder but hasn’t won the Super League since it was founded in 1996.

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