South Sydney Rabbitohs behemoth Greg Inglis has confirmed he will retire from all forms of football at the end of the 2020 NRL season.
Inglis confirmed next year’s NRL season will be his last in a statement posted to the Rabbitohs website this afternoon.
In doing so, Inglis also confirmed that 2019 will be his final year playing representative football for both Queensland and Australia.
Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis has announced that he will retire from playing NRL football at the end of the 2020 season and retire from representative football at the end of the 2019 season.— South Sydney Rabbitohs ???? (@SSFCRABBITOHS) January 18, 2019
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Inglis stated it was time for him to move on to the next chapter in his life, and announcing his retirement this far in advance would allow him to complete his career free of media speculation that could potentially disrupt the Rabbitoh’s premiership campaigns in 2019 and 2020.
The 32-year-old paid tribute to both the Rabbitohs and former club Melbourne Storm in a statement thusly:
I feel like I have given everything I have to the game, and it’s given me everything that I have in my life.
I’ve been fortunate to play with two fantastic clubs in the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Melbourne Storm. If it wasn’t for the Storm I would not have had the chance to fulfil my life’s dream.
At the Rabbitohs, and as I’ve grown older, I’ve become a leader, a captain and a mentor to the current and next generation of young Rabbitohs to wear this proud Red and Green jersey.
I’ve been fortunate enough to represent my country, my state, and my people and those are memories that I will cherish forever.
Inglis’ 261-game NRL career has seen him capture 3 premierships in 5 Grand Final appearances thus far, with an additional 32 caps for Australia and 39 appearances for Queensland.
One of the absolute greats, no doubt about it.
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