Greg Inglis calls time on glittering NRL career

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

Dealing with arthritis in his right shoulder, Inglis has been unable to lift his arm above shoulder height.

The Rabbitohs premiership victor said his retirement from the game wasn't down to injuries because he had pushed through injuries in the past and if need be he could go down that road.

Inglis, who leaves with 263 NRL games to his name, spoke openly at a press conference on Monday morning, admitting that he hasn't been in the right headspace for some time.

Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs looks on during the round two NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on March 21, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.

"I'm happy with my decision". I've come to terms with it. I've been contemplating it for a while now.

Pressed on whether it was injury that forced his hand, Inglis said: "Nah it wasn't".

"I've been meeting and working with Richo on a regular basis for more than two years now, learning the business of the Football Department and how all of that side of the club works".

The premiership victor is reportedly in line for an ambassador role with the club, while the NRL is also considering bringing Inglis on board due to his massive service to the game.

He was an integral part of Queensland's dominance over the last decade and a half, helped break South Sydney's 43-year premiership drought in 2014 and played a critical role in Melbourne's premierships in 2007 and 2009, which were later stripped.

Inglis played 39 Tests for Australia and 32 State of Origin games.

"The weight was off my shoulders after spending back home in Coffs Harbour and Macksville - I just knew then", he said.

He told his teammates after their game on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, before announcing it, flanked with family and teammates, today. "Hopefully I'll still get in there, talk shit, play table tennis, I'll have more time to do that now", he said.

"I feel I have something to offer in coaching and I'm very keen to learn more from Wayne and the other coaches, and to work closely with the young players we have coming up through the grades here at the Rabbitohs". And my former club Melbourne Storm gave me my opportunity. "I'm glad I didn't do that", he said.

It is understood Inglis walks away from the final two years of his contract, meaning his salary won't be included in the club's cap.

"Money doesn't make you happy".

"People have always told me you'll know when it's time to retire from playing, and I know within myself that that time is now". Money doesn't drive you.

Inglis says he'll do his best to enjoy his life and the four race horses he owns while still serving the club in a role off the field.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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