GREG Inglis is coming out of retirement to put the Super back in Super League, according to Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick.
Any complaints the former Australia captain, Queensland centre and NRL winner is coming for the money were shot down the moment HE wanted to approach THEM.
And if it was not for Jason Clark being there, the biggest signing in Super League for years would not have happened.
Inglis may have retired at from the NRL last April but at 33-years-old, he is in condition to play at the highest level.
Now Fitzpatrick has revealed how a one-to-one with pal Clark, a former team-mate at South Sydney, set the ball rolling, with putting smiles on faces in these tough times another driving factor.
He said: “About four or five weeks ago, Greg spoke to Jason and he said, ‘I’ve got the appetite back. I want to put the boots back on, would you mention it to the club?’
“Jason let us know and opportunities like this don’t come around very often – things just progressed from there.
“Money isn’t a massive motivator – we already have two marquee players and we’re losing Ben Murdoch-Masila – and we spoke to him on Zoom while he spoke to Bryson Goodwin and Matt King.
“Thankfully they gave us a glowing reference and when we spoke to him, we saw that glint in his eye!”
Inglis’ arrival on a one-year deal will see him join Israel Folau and Sonny Bill Williams in Super League, something Fitzpatrick feels can only benefit the competition.
And the reaction of fans of all clubs that the three-time NRL champion and 10-time State of Origin winner with Queensland, who scored 31 tries in 39 Tests for Australia is coming proves it is the right move.
He added: “We were really motivated to get the deal done because of the current circumstances, with a lot of people experiencing extreme adversity.
“We’re always optimistic at Warington and think outside the box and signings like this is what Super League should be about.
“We want to put the Super back in Super League.”
Warrington’s move for Inglis even caught current players unaware as one told SunSport they had not heard anything after being alerted to the speculation by a friend.
But the man who was physically fit when he retired and is working out at his home’s gym ahead of his December arrival in England said: “I can’t wait to get over there and play for a club that has so much rich heritage.
“I’ve seen the success the team have had in the Challenge Cup and I want to help the team to deliver more glory.
“I’ve played over in England many times in representative footy and love how passionate and vocal the supporters are.
“To get the opportunity to live in the UK, to play for such a powerhouse club that I believe is on the rise is something I’m looking forward to and hopefully I can add value to the team.
“I can’t wait to get over – go the Wire!”
The centre position is one coach Steve Price, who was consulted throughout, is looking to re-enforce as Anthony Gelling is back in New Zealand while former England RU international Luther Burrell has not ripped up trees.
Utility Jake Mamo is also set to leave at the end of this season and Price said: “Greg is a world class athlete and has received the highest honours within our game.
“Having had 12 months out of the sport he has had time to refresh both mentally and physically, and he is focussed on having a positive influence on Warrington Wolves.
“I’m looking forward to working with him on a professional and personal level, and I’m excited to welcome him into our group.”
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