Rabbitohs skipper, Greg Inglis, will become just the 19th player in history to play 100 games for two Clubs this Sunday afternoon when he and his men take on the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium in Round 21 of the NRL Premiership.
The Rabbitohs, Australian and Queensland fullback, played 117 matches for the Melbourne Storm between 2005 and 2010, beginning his career as a tall and wiry outside back with a lethal turn of pace. He would go on to win a Clive Churchill Medal for the Storm in 2007 playing five-eighth while also becoming a mainstay in representative outfits at all levels of the game.
Inglis played his first game for the Rabbitohs in 2011 in Round 1 of that season against the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Football Stadium. He has since gone on to win a Premiership with the Club in 2014 among a host of other individual accolades.
Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, has known Inglis since his days at the Melbourne Storm, and the mentor is proud that his player will be notching up the unique milestone this Sunday.
“It’s a big milestone for anyone – playing 100 games for a club,” said Maguire.
“GI’s been able to achieve that at two Clubs now, and for Souths it’s obviously very special with him being Captain.”
But rather than focusing on the individual milestone, Maguire is prouder still of Inglis’ growth as a leader since taking on the role of Captain beginning in 2015. Inglis in fact skippered the side to World Club Challenge victory over St Helens in his first outing with the ‘c’ next to his name full-time.
“He’s really taken control of the leadership in the organisation,” said Maguire.
“I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve known Greg for a long time and I’ve been able to see him develop right throughout his career at two clubs.
“He’s really taken on board his position in this Club – he’s developed into not only a very good fullback, but a leader of his team and his community through all his hard work.
“He’s been able to show in recent times that he’s up there with some of the best in that position. But it’s not just that – it’s the way he applies himself to other things, whether it’s training or developing our younger men, or work with Souths Cares. They’re the little things that make Greggy a leader.”
Those leadership qualities are a blessing for the young brigade at the Club according to Maguire, with a talented contingent of players such as Alex Johnston and Aaron Gtay seeking to learn from the veteran of 34 Tests and 27 Origin games.
“It’s his presence in terms of what he does daily,” said Maguire.
“He’s passionate about the things he does and he invests himself into it like a true professional. He takes it upon himself to mentor those young boys and providing support when and where it’s needed.
“He’s a senior member of the team and the younger players tend to learn a lot from him – he’s a great mentor for our young boys to look to as they look to forge a career in Rugby League.
“There’s a lot of lessons that the boys are learning off Greg all the time and that reflects the enjoyment he gets out of playing Rugby League.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Penrith Panthers this Sunday afternoon at ANZ Stadium, with kick-off slated for 4pm. Click here to purchase your tickets now!