According to a statement from the South Sydney Rabbitohs, captain Greg Inglis has checked himself into a mental health clinic to receive treatment.
The statement, released tonight, says that Inglis has been receiving treatment since last week:
“Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis has entered a mental health rehabilitation facility. Inglis entered the facility last week and will be undergoing a series of programs and treatments to assist with his mental health.“The Rabbitohs, Greg and his management will not be making any further comment at this stage, and we ask the media to respect the privacy of both Greg and his family at this time.”
The ‘Daily Telegraph‘ is reporting that Inglis has so far received 10 days of treatment, and intends to stay for a further 3 weeks.
Inglis has been out of action for nearly the entirety of the season, due to a torn ACL he sustained in the Rabbitohs’ Round 1 match against the Wests Tigers.
NRL giant Wally Lewis said that he wishes Inglis well and that it’s important players are looked after, due to the nature of the competition:
“We certainly do pass on our best to Greg and hope that he recovers from this as quickly as possible. There are a lot of people affected by this and we are hopeful he can handle it as well as possible.“The bosses of the game have got to keep an open eye to this as much as they can. You have to remember that these guys are playing under enormous pressure week in and week out.”
While the statements haven’t specified what mental health issues he is experiencing, the ‘West Australian‘ and the ‘Daily Mail‘ are reporting that he is experiencing depression.
As both a passionate Maroons supporter and as someone who has also been through the ringer with mental health problems, I wish him all the best. Get well, mate.
Photo: Mark Metcalfe.