One of the best fullbacks in the modern game and a player crucial to possible success for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the club announced the re-signing of fullback Greg Inglis.
Adept in other positions such as centre or five-eighth, Inglis has played most of his Bunnies career at fullback and performed well. In 2014, he guided them to a premiership and was one of their most consistent performers.
With recent overtures about a move to the Brisbane Broncos, Souths fans can now rest easy as the long-term deal provides Inglis with a contract until the end of 2020.
The man himself is happy to stay at what he views as a great club.
“This is a wonderful Club to be part of, a great team to play with, and I’m really happy to know what my family’s future holds for the next four years,” Inglis said.
“This Club has a history of success and I’m confident that as a group we are going to be able to add to that success in the coming years.
“The Club is also highly connected to its communities and that’s something I want to be a part of for a long time to come.”
Inglis also praised the members for their support and for the players in the team around him.
“The Members of the Rabbitohs are second-to-none with their support and it’s always a proud moment for me to run out and represent them in the red and green,” he added.
“My team mates are special people to play with.
I get to stick with John Sutton who I have played alongside since I joined South Sydney; I get to play outside a guy like Adam Reynolds who I think still has his best football ahead of him; I get to play alongside a great leader like Sammy Burgess and the rest of our leadership group; and we have some exciting, young players coming through that I’m confident will establish themselves in the NRL and help guide the team to greater success.”
Having known Inglis for some time, Michael Maguire knew retaining Inglis was imperative. With that done, the man they call ‘Madge’ is excited to continue working with Inglis.
“Greg is not only a phenomenal footballer, as his playing record shows, but he is also becoming one of the great leaders in our game and in society,” Maguire said.
“I have known and worked with Greg for a long time and to watch him grow into the leader and the man he has, both on and off the field, is a credit to his dedication to his football, as well as the community and his family.
“He’s a young dad who, along with his wife Sally, is bringing up a beautiful little family with an addition coming in the next couple of weeks, and they are also part of the broader Rabbitohs family.
“It’s great news for the team, the Club and the whole South Sydney community to know that Greg will be part of us at least until the end of 2020.”
In the end, the decision was all about family and with 241 NRL games to his name, 35 Australian Test caps and 30 Origin appearances for Queensland, it was an easy decision.
“Off the field my family is very happy here. My wife Sally and I have really found a home here at the Rabbitohs and in Sydney, and we couldn’t be any happier here along with my son Nate and the little girl we have on the way,” said Inglis.
“I would also like to thank my manager Allan Gainey for his guidance throughout this process and throughout my career. He is always a great support to me and my family.
“I’m really happy to have my future sorted for my family and I, and I’m really proud to call myself a South Sydney player.”