It wasn’t hard to see why.
The man known as GI excelled in numerous positions including fullback, centre and five-eighth. His time in Melbourne saw him earn Queensland and Australian representative jumpers as he contributed to two grand final victories whilst collecting the Golden Boot award.
GI has become a household name in rugby league, with children across the country imitating his iconic fend in their backyards. He is an icon of the origin arena, being one of the highest try scorers in origin history.
A real hero for the indigenous community, Inglis has represented the Indigenous All Stars on numerous occasions.
His success in the game hasn’t been short lived. GI has tasted further success with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2014 ending the club’s 43-year premiership drought. Having scored the final try of the game, Inglis made his presence known with his trademark “Goanna” celebration.
In recent times the South Sydney skipper has become somewhat a forgotten man in rugby league. Recurrent injuries and off-field issues hampered his ability to perform in 2017.
Once considered among rugby league’s elite fullbacks, there are now talks of Inglis being shifted to the centres to prolong his career. The questions surrounding his fitness grow louder as the season approaches.
Where to now for GI? Should he stand down from representative duties and focus on his career at South Sydney? And will he be able to rediscover his devastating form, terrorising opposition defensive lines?
2018 is emerging as a big year for Greg Inglis. His impact on the field will go a long way in South Sydney’s premiership campaign.
With his leadership clearly missed last season, the Rabbitohs will be looking to have GI on the field for as long as possible.