GREG INGLIS has paid tribute to everyone who has been part of his remarkable NRL career, as he confirmed his retirement from the game.
The 32-year-old revealed he will now leave the playing field “effective immediately” to go behind-the-scenes at South Sydney to pursue a career off the field.
An emotional ‘GI’ fronted a packed media conference on Monday morning to make the announcement, flanked by Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett, club CEO Blake Solly and general manager of football Shane Richardson.
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He hasn’t played since he was injured in round two against St George Illawarra, but denied the decision had come “through mental illness or injuries”, saying it was “the right time”.
“I’ve been contemplating it for a while now, and I’ve come to terms with it,” he said.
“My body hasn’t given up on me. I just think it’s the right decision for myself,” he added.
He then went on to reveal that he will take up a role inside the club and he looks forward to staying around Redfern.
“You ain’t seen the last of me yet, but you’ve seen the last of me playing 80-minutes on a footy field.”
“My career off the field is just starting now, and I look forward to that.”
Inglis made his name as Melbourne began their dominant era in the NRL in 2006 and remained part of the Storm’s success until forced to leave amidst the salary cap scandal.
He landed at Redfern and inspired the side to their drought-breaking 2014 Premiership, scoring the final try.
His try-scoring tally stands at 149 in 263 games and has also been a dominant figure at representative level; for Queensland’s State of Origin side and with the Kangaroos.