Greg Inglis helped the Rabbitohs warm up for their clash with the Warriors on Saturday. (AAP Image/Darren England)
Greg Inglis helped the Rabbitohs warm up for their clash with the Warriors on Saturday. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Teammate makes huge call on Inglis retirement

Greg Inglis is expected to make a call on his NRL future on Monday, with many expecting him to hang up his decorated boots.

The Rabbitohs skipper is battling a range of injuries and has been given time off to assess his playing future and whether he can physically and mentally continue.

Inglis has not played since Round 2 and former Queensland teammate Corey Parker believes he will announce his retirement in a meeting with Souths coach Wayne Bennett on Monday.

Parker played State of Origin and international football with Inglis for many years, but says he no longer sees the 'twinkle' in his eyes that makes him such a special player.

"I personally do [think he will retire]. I don't see that spark," said Parker on Fox League's Super Saturday.

"In the big scheme of things, there's a lot going on, there's a lot of factors to weigh up.

"He's got the body, he's got a lot of things that are happening and a lot of moving pieces, but the one common denominator with Greg is you see that twinkle or that sparkle in his eye - and I haven't seen that for a while."

Inglis has been battling shoulder and knee injuries, as well as a virus that wiped him out of training last week.

He spent the week away with his family but attended the Rabbitohs' Round 5 game against the Warriors on the Sunshine Coast.

At the start of the season he announced he would retire from representative football at the end of 2019, and from the game completely at the end of 2020.

Parker, who retired in 2016, said sometimes the toll rugby league takes on your life can be too much.

"The small sacrifices and the mundane schedule that you go through to get a result on the weekend, it takes a huge toll," he said.

"Not only you as an individual, but your family and everyone on the outside. He's been doing that for a long time."

Fellow retiree and Super Saturday panel member Michael Ennis agreed.

"Sometimes you've just had enough. People would ask me why I retired at 32. I still love the game, I just don't want to play it anymore," he said.

"I knew what it took to get up every week and to perform at a certain level and I just didn't have that investment anymore. I love going to games, I love watching it, I love commentating on it, I just didn't want to play it anymore.

"If it is the case on Monday, what a celebration. I don't think we look at is as a downer. What Greg has contributed for such a long time... if that's the case, it's a big celebration."

News Corp Australia


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