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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Gould blasts Inglis 'conspiracy theories'


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Phil Gould has blasted “conspiracy theories” that Greg Inglis may have been moved on by South Sydney to free up salary cap space.

Inglis, 32, confirmed his retirement from rugby league on Monday with about $1.5 million still remaining on his Rabbitohs contract.

The club has asked that the amount not be held against their salary cap, saying that Inglis has opted out of the earnings. However, he is set to be employed by South Sydney in a lucrative role that will include coaching, mentoring, ambassadorial and community work. It’s been reported that he’ll receive at least $300,000 per year.

The NRL said on Wednesday that it had not decided whether such an arrangement would be allowed, with concern that it may be exploited as a salary cap loophole. Much of that concern reportedly exists within rival clubs.

https://twitter.com/NRLMedia/status/1118277337445855232

Speaking on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast, Gould said that Inglis had made “the right decision” to retire and onlookers should butt out of the details. He said that he was comfortable with Inglis being handed a well-paid job after his retirement and that a great player was owed such benefits.

“He’s been doing it for a long period of time. It’s a hard game to play – it’s such a hard game to play,” Gould said, also referring to the off-field obligations and scrutiny placed on players.

Listen to the entire sixth episode of SIX TACKLES WITH GUS for NRL season 2019 at the bottom of the page!

“He’s had an extraordinary career and he’s been a wonderful contributor to our code and he’ll continue to be for a long period of time, which is why I don’t care what he earns post-career. I don’t care what job they give him.

“His football money is done. Souths are now without Greg Inglis and they’ve got money to spend in their salary cap. Go and spend it. Make your club as strong as possible. I don’t see why anyone else should be worried about any different.

“So it should be [an easier decision for Inglis to retire]. Why do we want Greg Inglis to play on when his heart and his body’s not really in it?

“Greg, by his own admission, is done; ‘I’ve had enough’. Therefore, he can’t contribute that $1.5 million worth they were going to spend on him, can he?

“It’s a wise decision. I don’t know if South Sydney have given him a nudge or a push or what have you, and that’s what people want to believe.

“I don’t particularly believe that. I think Greg has made a very intelligent decision. It’s a courageous decision for a young man to say, ‘You know what, I’ve had enough’.

“Everyone else should just butt out. Conspiracy theories, ‘They tried to free him up’, or, ‘They tried to do this’, or offered him incentive to go – I don’t care about any of it, I really don’t.

“The bottom line is that one of the greats of our players has had an outstanding career, he’s got to the end and he’s said, ‘You know what, I’ve had enough’. That’s the end of story.

“And I don’t care if he earns millions as a coach, or an administrator, or an ambassador, or working for charities and good causes, working for his Indigenous family. I don’t care.

“I just hope the game looks after him for a long period of time, because he’s earned the right. Simple as that.

“I understand the talking point and I understand people intimating that other clubs and other people will be aggrieved at this. I don’t think they’re as many as what you’re saying, and anyone who does just doesn’t understand the system and doesn’t understand football."

Gould said that he would always remember Inglis as a freak athlete.

“I think just his superior athleticism was the thing that always grabbed us,” Gould said.

“The long-range tries. The moment he got the ball with any room to move, people would start to sit up or even stand up in the grandstands.

“He also had tremendous strength. That big right-arm fend; when he ran down the left side of the field, he bowled a number of players over.

“Early in his career was that famous night where he knocked Jamie Soward into the back row of the grandstand and scored a try. Jamie never lived that down.

Greg Inglis retires

“He was a superstar in every sense of the word, Greg Inglis, because he was just so different to those around him and so different to players we’ve seen in the past.

“I guess the most modern-day comparison to him is a Latrell Mitchell, but Latrell’s different to Greg Inglis in a number of ways. Greg was quite unique in the talents that he had and you could see it from a very early age.

“The first time we saw him in schoolboy football, you could tell that this was something different and something special.   

Phil Gould has blasted “conspiracy theories” that Greg Inglis may have been moved on by South Sydney to free up salary cap space.

Inglis, 32, confirmed his retirement from rugby league on Monday with about $1.5 million still remaining on his Rabbitohs contract.

The club has asked that the amount not be held against their salary cap, saying that Inglis has opted out of the earnings. However, he is set to be employed by South Sydney in a lucrative role that will include coaching, mentoring, ambassadorial and community work. It’s been reported that he’ll receive at least $300,000 per year.

The NRL said on Wednesday that it had not decided whether such an arrangement would be allowed, with concern that it may be exploited as a salary cap loophole. Much of that concern reportedly exists within rival clubs.

https://twitter.com/NRLMedia/status/1118277337445855232

Speaking on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast, Gould said that Inglis had made “the right decision” to retire and onlookers should butt out of the details. He said that he was comfortable with Inglis being handed a well-paid job after his retirement and that a great player was owed such benefits.

“He’s been doing it for a long period of time. It’s a hard game to play – it’s such a hard game to play,” Gould said, also referring to the off-field obligations and scrutiny placed on players.

Listen to the entire sixth episode of SIX TACKLES WITH GUS for NRL season 2019 at the bottom of the page!

“He’s had an extraordinary career and he’s been a wonderful contributor to our code and he’ll continue to be for a long period of time, which is why I don’t care what he earns post-career. I don’t care what job they give him.

“His football money is done. Souths are now without Greg Inglis and they’ve got money to spend in their salary cap. Go and spend it. Make your club as strong as possible. I don’t see why anyone else should be worried about any different.

“So it should be [an easier decision for Inglis to retire]. Why do we want Greg Inglis to play on when his heart and his body’s not really in it?

“Greg, by his own admission, is done; ‘I’ve had enough’. Therefore, he can’t contribute that $1.5 million worth they were going to spend on him, can he?

“It’s a wise decision. I don’t know if South Sydney have given him a nudge or a push or what have you, and that’s what people want to believe.

“I don’t particularly believe that. I think Greg has made a very intelligent decision. It’s a courageous decision for a young man to say, ‘You know what, I’ve had enough’.

“Everyone else should just butt out. Conspiracy theories, ‘They tried to free him up’, or, ‘They tried to do this’, or offered him incentive to go – I don’t care about any of it, I really don’t.

“The bottom line is that one of the greats of our players has had an outstanding career, he’s got to the end and he’s said, ‘You know what, I’ve had enough’. That’s the end of story.

“And I don’t care if he earns millions as a coach, or an administrator, or an ambassador, or working for charities and good causes, working for his Indigenous family. I don’t care.

“I just hope the game looks after him for a long period of time, because he’s earned the right. Simple as that.

“I understand the talking point and I understand people intimating that other clubs and other people will be aggrieved at this. I don’t think they’re as many as what you’re saying, and anyone who does just doesn’t understand the system and doesn’t understand football."

Gould said that he would always remember Inglis as a freak athlete.

“I think just his superior athleticism was the thing that always grabbed us,” Gould said.

“The long-range tries. The moment he got the ball with any room to move, people would start to sit up or even stand up in the grandstands.

“He also had tremendous strength. That big right-arm fend; when he ran down the left side of the field, he bowled a number of players over.

“Early in his career was that famous night where he knocked Jamie Soward into the back row of the grandstand and scored a try. Jamie never lived that down.

Greg Inglis retires

“He was a superstar in every sense of the word, Greg Inglis, because he was just so different to those around him and so different to players we’ve seen in the past.

“I guess the most modern-day comparison to him is a Latrell Mitchell, but Latrell’s different to Greg Inglis in a number of ways. Greg was quite unique in the talents that he had and you could see it from a very early age.

“The first time we saw him in schoolboy football, you could tell that this was something different and something special.   

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