Inglis in Origin opener
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IT WASN'T that long ago that Greg Inglis was playing in a junior carnival on the North Coast dazzling everyone with the speed and skill that he's displayed for the Melbourne Storm over the past two seasons.
As a 15-year-old Bowraville junior, Inglis was signed by Melbourne after another stunning performance and now only four years later the gun backline player has been chosen to play for Queensland in next week's State of Origin opener and is preparing to play in the game of his life.
Notified on Sunday night of his selection, Inglis admitted to being like a kid on Christmas morning when Maroons' coach Mal Meninga rang him with the news.
"The big man himself gave me a call and said congratulations on the effort and that it's being rewarded," Inglis said from the team camp in Maroochydore yesterday.
"I was rapt, over the moon. I was pretty much on cloud nine the whole night.
"When I woke up though my feet were kept on the ground when I realised that I've got a job to do."
Despite being a New South Wales native, Inglis is eligible to play for Queensland courtesy of his first grade debut for Storm feeder club Brisbane Norths in the Queensland Cup competition and he's happy that it's panned out that way.
"When I was younger I was a Queensland supporter anyway," he said.
"A couple of years ago they gave me the choice of which state I'd prefer to play for and I said Queensland. It felt like home when I was living there and once I'd given my word my word I was never going to go back on it."