The NRL has blocked Greg Inglis’s $1.8 million move to South Sydney in another stunning twist to the Kangaroos centre’s ugly contract saga.
Auditor Ian Schubert is set to prevent the realisation of Souths’ contract with Inglis, penned after his shock walkout on the Brisbane Broncos earlier this month, and the Rabbitohs may have their own Hollywood star and owner Russell Crowe to blame.
It is now highly unlikely Inglis will play for the Rabbitohs in 2011 with Schubert resolved to voiding the foundation club’s proposed three-year deal for the injured centre, who still remains contracted to his original club, the Melbourne Storm.
The $600,000-a-season figure Crowe alluded to ridicules Souths’ attempt to have Inglis squeezed under next year’s salary cap on a base salary of only $190,000.
It was to be topped up by numerous third-party deals that will now be ruled as obligatory under the salary cap.
The Rabbitohs would have to shed several blue-ribbon stars, headlined by club skipper Roy Asotasi and Maroons Origin forward Dave Taylor, to keep Inglis in 2011. It remains unclear if Souths are willing to do so.