GI Confirms Retirement Post Sunshine Coast Game
Former Queensland State of Origin Captain Greg Inglis (left) and Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters. AAP Image/Julian Smith.
Greg Inglis has confirmed the news Rabbitohs fans were all dreading hearing, he will retire effective immediately.
The Rabbitohs' star telling team mates his plans after a record 11,912 footy fans watched South Sydney secure a thrilling 28-24 comeback victory over the Warriors on the Sunshine Coast on the weekend.
GI met with Coach Wayne Bennett earlier to let him know if he would be tearing up his $1.5 million contract.
The 32-year-old had been battling injury and depression, but told media at the club's Redfern base that wasn't driving his decision to hang up his boots.
He explained "I just think it's time and I think it's the right decision for myself. I've come to terms with it".
GI also said he had no regrets.
He admitted he had been contemplating retiring for a while now.
"That’s me calling time on my career. No one else has called it. I’m happy with my decision. I get to work with the club and stay around Redfern and work with the boys and the community.
"My journey's only just starting now" he said.
Inglis was originally planning to retire at the end of 2020 when his contract expires, but an arthritic shoulder had been hampering his performance on the field.
By Michelle Price