Bowraville misses new Rabbitoh Inglis
WHILE local racing fans were disappointed yesterday, South Sydney diehards have had a Christmas to remember.
The cancellation of yesterday’s Bowraville races meant home-grown rugby league superstar Greg Inglis wouldn’t be on hand to present a trophy.
But that didn’t bother Rabbitohs fans with the club revealing it had finally secured Inglis on a long-term deal.
Souths announced that the NRL had on Christmas Eve registered the Inglis contract, linking the club to arguably the world’s best player for at least the next three seasons.
The NRL informed the Rabbitohs that they had satisfied the salary cap requirements and that Inglis’s big-dollar contract would be registered.
The move came after Souths released centre Beau Champion who has signed with the Melbourne Storm.
Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said Inglis’s signing was a positive outcome for the club and for rugby league.
“We’re proud to be bringing world-class players to our club,” he said.
“The Rabbitohs is the club which Greg wants to play for, the club he believes in and the club where he will play his best football.
“I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Greg yet and we, along with our members and corporate partners, are looking forward to the start of the season to see Greg playing his brand of football in South Sydney’s famous red and green jersey.”
The CEO paid tribute to Champion who has moved on, opening the way for Inglis to join the club.
“Beau has been a great clubman, both on and off the field, since coming into grade,” he said.
“Unfortunately the NRL’s decision on Greg’s contract meant we couldn’t keep all of our squad together.
“Beau has chosen to accept an increased contract offer and an extension of his contract from one year with us to three years at the Melbourne Storm.
Inglis said he was delighted the drawn-out contract saga had been resolved.
“I’m glad this is all over and now I can concentrate on my football,” he said.
“I always wanted to stay in rugby league and I wanted to play for South Sydney.”