Inglis ready for Wolves challenge
Greg Inglis has arrived! The 33-year-old has come out of retirement to join Warrington Wolves for the 2021 Betfred Super League season.
The Australian, who scored 150 tries in 265 NRL games, is tasked with helping to deliver a maiden Super League crown to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Inglis touched down in the UK last week and spoke to the media for the first time on Wednesday.
“It was just an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Inglis said.
“There was a couple of clubs that reached out after they found out I wanted to play again, but it was only ever Warrington that I spoke to. There was no other team I edged towards.
“I had a conversation with Clarky (Jason Clark) about joining and it ended with my first training session on Saturday.”
Inglis’ decision to start playing again was inspired by his coaching role with South Sydney Rabbitohs, which helped him rediscover his love for rugby league.
“I started an assistant coaching role over in Australia; it made me fall in love with the game again,” he outlined.
“What I missed from being away was that competitive drive and using your body as a tool.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the rhythm and daily routine that I’ve been used to for so long.”
Ongoing injury concerns forced Inglis to retire in 2019, but he’s back and looking to add to his impressive list of accolades in the sport.
The rugby league icon has three NRL titles to his name, won a World Cup and appeared in 32 State of Origin matches. His individual awards include the Clive Churchill Medal and Wally Lewis Medal.
His next challenge starts in March when the new Super League season gets underway and Inglis is hopeful he can contribute positively on the pitch for Steve Price’s side.
He said: “I know plenty of guys that have been over here – my good friend Matt King has been here also – and I just want to put my best foot forward and add value to the team.
“I’m looking forward to working as a team; the team always comes first. Once you get everyone working on the same page, the better you are going to be as a squad and everything else is a snowball effect and it just rolls on from that.”
Inglis’ experience in big games could prove useful come the business end of the 2021 season. Wolves fans will be hoping they might see his trademark “goanna” at Old Trafford come October.
If Wolves are to break their Super League duck, Inglis believes it’s all about peaking at the right time.
“What I’ve learnt throughout my career is that there is a time to go up a level and then there are times when you can come down a level,” he explained.
“It’s about getting your body right at the back end of the season and if you can keep players fit for then, it leaves you in good shape."