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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Qld great fears Inglis is almost spent


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Is Greg Inglis on his last legs?

Can one of rugby league's true all-time great's bung shoulder survive a 15th gruelling NRL season - and beyond?

They're the burning questions just three rounds into 2019, with fears Inglis's battered body is at breaking point after almost 350 games at club, state and national level.

"He is iconic, but I've just got the feeling that maybe we are seeing that the body is saying we are almost at the end of the road," Queensland great Billy Moore told NRL 360.

"I hate to say it because I look at 'GI' and he struggled during the last part of last season.

"He's come back, but he seems to have struggled all the way from the beginning of this year.

"I just look at Inglis and is his body saying the past has caught up with me and the greatness that I had, I still want to do it but my body is saying no more."

Widely considered a future Immortal, Inglis debuted in the NRL as an 18-year-old for Melbourne back in 2005, starring in two grand final wins for the Storm before famously leading South Sydney to premiership glory in 2014.

But the backline utility's incredible longevity has come at a price.

Now 32, Inglis missed all but one game of the 2016 with a knee injury and is now battling a shoulder complaint that threatens to cruel his 2019 campaign.

Penrith great Greg Alexander, who many believe correctly called time on Johnathan Thurston's legendary career last season, isn't ready to write off Inglis.

"I don't know if he has been in this sort of position exactly before, but he has been down before," Alexander said.

"And when he has been down, he has been able to lift himself and get himself back.

"The Origin series last year he was down and he lifted himself back up.

"I don't know his mental space and how much he wants to play rugby league, so that is the question and only he knows that answer."

Is Greg Inglis on his last legs?

Can one of rugby league's true all-time great's bung shoulder survive a 15th gruelling NRL season - and beyond?

They're the burning questions just three rounds into 2019, with fears Inglis's battered body is at breaking point after almost 350 games at club, state and national level.

"He is iconic, but I've just got the feeling that maybe we are seeing that the body is saying we are almost at the end of the road," Queensland great Billy Moore told NRL 360.

"I hate to say it because I look at 'GI' and he struggled during the last part of last season.

"He's come back, but he seems to have struggled all the way from the beginning of this year.

"I just look at Inglis and is his body saying the past has caught up with me and the greatness that I had, I still want to do it but my body is saying no more."

Widely considered a future Immortal, Inglis debuted in the NRL as an 18-year-old for Melbourne back in 2005, starring in two grand final wins for the Storm before famously leading South Sydney to premiership glory in 2014.

But the backline utility's incredible longevity has come at a price.

Now 32, Inglis missed all but one game of the 2016 with a knee injury and is now battling a shoulder complaint that threatens to cruel his 2019 campaign.

Penrith great Greg Alexander, who many believe correctly called time on Johnathan Thurston's legendary career last season, isn't ready to write off Inglis.

"I don't know if he has been in this sort of position exactly before, but he has been down before," Alexander said.

"And when he has been down, he has been able to lift himself and get himself back.

"The Origin series last year he was down and he lifted himself back up.

"I don't know his mental space and how much he wants to play rugby league, so that is the question and only he knows that answer."

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