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Greg Inglis, who won 39 caps for Australia and won the NRL Grand Final with South Sydney and Melbourne in his career, arrived in the UK before coming out of retirement to play for Warrington Wolves in the 2021 season of the Super League. On Wednesday, he addressed the media for the first time.

Last updated: 01/13/21 19:15 pm

Greg Inglis spoke to the media for the first time since arriving in the UK

Former Australia international Greg Inglis will be motivated by fear of failure as he prepares to come out of Super League retirement and warns he will need “five or six rounds” to level up.

Former Australia international Greg Inglis will be motivated by fear of failure as he prepares to come out of Super League retirement and warns he will need “five or six rounds” to level up.

Inglis, who retired in April 2019, arrived in England this weekend to take on a 12-month contract with Warrington and spoke of his enthusiasm for his new challenge during his first press conference held via zoom.

Inglis, who turns 34 on Friday, will be the hottest addition to the Super League in 2021, having made 32 appearances with State of Origin for Queensland and winning 39 caps for the Kangaroos and winning the grand final with South Sydney and Melbourne.

When asked if he was worried about the risk to his reputation, Inglis said, “I don’t know about fear because I know what I’m capable of and I know the standards I set for myself. The only thing I thrive on is fear of failure.

“It’s going to take me five or six rounds to get back to my best level, but I know I can do it and I know the hard work pays off, that’s a given.

“I’ve been out of the game for two years and it’s just a matter of getting back on the bike, doing the oil changes and inflating the tires and making sure the gears are still working.”

Inglis comes out of retirement to play Super League for Warrington Wolves

Inglis comes out of retirement to play Super League for Warrington Wolves

Inglis says the decision to make a comeback stems from a chance conversation with former South Sydney teammate Jason Clark, who joined Warrington two years ago.

“Clarky and I have kept in touch since he left,” Inglis recalls. “I was chatting and I said ‘what’s it like to play over there?’ and he said “why don’t you come join us?”

“I said” yeah, why not? I have nothing else to do. “My junior team stopped where I was coaching so I didn’t have a job and my partner was working from home. A few weeks later Warrington was on the phone and we’re really excited.”

Inglis says he was undertaking two gym sessions a week before leaving Australia and is confident he can make an impact with Wolves, who have yet to win a Super League title despite reaching four of the last nine grand finals.

“I just want to come and do my best and add value to the team,” he said.

“I ask the fans to be patient because I won’t be at my best for five or six laps, that’s totally honest.”

The 34-year-old has made 32 appearances in the home state for Queensland

The 34-year-old has made 32 appearances in the home state for Queensland

Inglis is following in the footsteps of fellow Australians Andrew Johns, Matt King and Allan Langer, who have all made their mark on the Warrington club, but he insists he will not seek to emulate the latter, who replied to an SOS appeal from Wayne Bennett to return to play State of Origin for Queensland in 2000.

“I answered the SOS call last year and said ‘no’,” he said. “I left the rep arena on good terms and would hate to go back and undo a lot of the good things I did there.”

Inglis has also ruled out another stint as a player in the NRL, but could return to the representative stage of that country by playing for the Exiles in the proposed mid-season game against England.

“If my body is right and it’s happening, I’m not too sure,” he said.

“I’m still Aussie and don’t know if I want to help the English in a World Cup year, but I think it would be something you would be tempted to watch.”





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