South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold has declared that skipper Greg Inglis has the credentials to be a coach one day and also believes winger Robert Jennings is nearing a contract extension.
Inglis will return from injury for the Rabbitohs in Saturday’s clash against the Raiders, along with fullback Alex Johnston and youngster Campbell Graham, while Jennings is currently sidelined with a hamstring complaint.
Jennngs has enjoyed a stellar season for South Sydney, leading the club with 17 tries from as many appearances prior to his injury.
And according to NRL.com, the 22-year old is due for a substantial pay rise in his deal deal.
Meanwhile, Inglis has been supporting Seibold in the coach’s box during his two-month injury layoff, and the Rabbitohs mentor praised the star centre for leadership.
“We had him (Inglis) doing a specific role there,” Seibold told NRL.com.
“He was looking at the opposition attacking playmakers. We had him looking at our back five as well.
“He took on a mentoring role with some of the younger players in our group.
“The last couple of weeks we had some young guys playing out of position and getting opportunities in our backline. He’s taken a real shine to those guys and been a really good mentor for those guys over the last few weeks.
“Greg’s like having another coach. At half-time he [would] get around to some of the guys, particularly in the positions that he’s very experienced in at fullback and the outside backs.”
Seibold recognised that Inglis has the potential to be an assistant coach some day, joking that he may not have the “patience” to take the top job.
“I think he’d be great as a positional coach. I’m not sure whether Greggy would like to dig through all the amount of video though. Probably doesn’t have the patience for that,” Seibold said.
Seibold added that the captain is primed to return to action today after training well earlier in the week.
“He really dived into getting better physically, he worked really hard,” Seibold said.
“He’s in very good condition, I’m sure anyone who’s seen him during the week would know how physically fit he looks.
“He’s hit the ground running this week at training and we’re looking forward to welcoming back our captain. He’s been out for six or seven games now.
“To have him back on the park is a big in for us.”