Rabbitohs skipper, Greg Inglis, says that he is ready to roll in Week 1 of the NRL Finals Series after spending two weeks on the sideline with a knee injury.
Speaking to NRL.com at yesterday’s Finals Series launch at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Origin, Test and All Stars player confirmed that he is back to “full stride” ahead of Sunday’s clash against the Sharks at Allianz Stadium.
“One hundred percent I’ll back – I’ve been running for the last week now, gradually been building up and back to full stride,” said Inglis.
"There was no question about being back for the first week of the Finals. Obviously last week there was a bit of a question over it but we thought it was in the best interests of the team that I wasn't a passenger out there and come back 100 per cent fit.
"I've been doing heaps of leg weights to get the knee firing again. I need to ramp it up now because it's a quicker turnaround than the last time I hurt my knee and it's been going really well."
Inglis, who is expected to be named at fullback in Head Coach Michael Maguire’s side this afternoon (Tuesday), had a fragment of cartilage arthroscopically removed from his knee after falling awkwardly in a tackle against the Bulldogs in Round 24 at ANZ Stadium.
Inglis has been in fine form for the men in red and green in 2015, the Rabbitohs skipper making 2740 metres with the ball in hand during his 19 games, while also bagging eight tries.
Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs will be without hooker Issac Luke this week owing to suspension, in addition to not having John Sutton on the field. But while Inglis admits that both players are important to the squad, belief in their respective replacements is high.
“There’s a lot of strong belief and a lot of strong confidence, even though those two are very vital players to us,” said Inglis.
“We have Cameron McInnes there and Paul Carter in the hooker role and whoever we put in Johnny Sutton’s role – like I said I have strong belief that they’ll do the job.”
The Sharks come into the Finals having finished just ahead of the Rabbitohs in sixth spot – completing their regular season campaign by going down to Manly 14-12 in their last match.
Inglis is under no illusions as to the talent present in the Cronulla outfit, with the likes of Paul Gallen, Valentine Holmes and Michael Ennis all stand-out performers for the men from The Shire in 2015.
Inglis spoke of the importance of Ennis to the side.
“What’s been terrific for them is their number nine, Mick Ennis,” said Inglis.
“He’s been giving the team go-forward which gives the outside backs a lot of time with the ball. We’ve just got to do our homework (on) the Sharks as we do, go through our process and have a good weeks training.
“It’s that time of year that you want to be a part of. After 26 rounds, to be in the position that we’re in – we consider ourselves lucky. There’s no second chances that’s the realistic side of it.
“We’ve just got to go out there and perform each and every week to move forward.”
The Rabbitohs will take on the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Week 1 of the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series at Allianz Stadium this Sunday with kick-off slated for 4.10pm. Purchase your tickets!