AS a Bowraville junior Greg Inglis dreamed of the day that he could pull on a maroon jersey and play for Queensland.
Growing up he always barracked for Queensland when Origin was on the TV and being signed by Melbourne helped to make that dream become thanks to the Storm’s feeder club playing in Brisbane.
That dream will again be fulfilled next week as the 23-year-old takes to the field trying to help Queensland to fifth consecutive series victory.
The question is though will this be the last time that Coffs Coast residents who’ve seen him develop since he was a skinny kid play rugby league at the highest level?
Inglis is being pursued by clubs from four codes – rugby league, rugby union, AFL and American football – in anticipation that he will be forced out of Melbourne in order to solve the club’s salary cap issues.
If Inglis is forced to leave the club it’s alleged that he’s privately suggested he would be reluctant to leave Melbourne.
That leaves the door open for the Melbourne Rebels rugby union side or an AFL club.
Essendon are believed to have met with the rugby league star and, though he is contracted to the Melbourne Storm, the curiosity appears mutual.
“The Greg Inglis scenario is something I haven’t delved into at this stage and we’ll talk later if that comes to fruition,” Essendon coach Matthew Knights said.
“I think he’s an amazing pure footballer in the code he’s in, having watched him he’s awesome at what he does.
“There’s obviously some intricacies of the (AFL) game he’ll have to learn, but with some of our young players they come in and we give them two or three or four years’ development and they play really good footy after that.
“You’ve got to be patient, there’s no rush, we’ve had guys on our list that have come to fruition at 22-23 rather than 18-19. You’ve got to be broad in your thinking, and at Essendon we certainly are that.”
Who knows, maybe one day Inglis will trade in the maroon of Queensland for the big white V of Victoria.