FORMER NRL star Greg Inglis will return to play for his childhood club, the Macksville Sea Eagles, in the 2022 season.
Playing in State of Origin for Queensland and for Australia as an outside full-back, Inglis represented the Melbourne Storm from 2005 to 2010 with which he won two grand finals and a Clive Churchill medal.
In November 2009, Inglis won the Golden Boot Award for the best player in the world.
Inglis continued to play for the South Sydney Rabbitohs from 2011 to 2019, where they won the post of premier in 2014.
Last year Inglis played for the Warrington Wolves in the UK Superleague before making the decision to go back to his roots.
Macksville Sea Eagles Club President Dean Hillery is delighted that Inglis and his family have made the decision to return home.
“We are absolutely delighted to see Greg return to his hometown and the club where he grew up playing rugby league.
“I played with Greg’s dad when we won the Group 2 final in 1995, Greg was a ball collector in our Group 2 grand final at the time, who would have imagined he was going to achieve so much. big things and now go back to where it started.
“The Sea Eagles are like a big family, almost all of the players are from town and grew up playing junior rugby together in Macksville or Bowraville and now hang out together as a freshman competing in Group 2,” Dean said. .
Dean played for the Macksville Sea Eagles from 1992-2000 before coaching juniors and seniors before becoming president.
Dean can’t wait to see Inglis reunite with first team coach Matt Hyland.
“It’s a coincidence, but Greg was playing with our first team coach Matt Hyland at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
“Matt is one of the most impressive things that has happened to this club and we have been truly blessed to have him here for the past few years.
“The fact that they already know each other will help the camaraderie in this fantastic football club even more.
“Greg is proud to play for the club again that his father did when he was growing up in the Nambucca Valley, it means a lot to him and his family to play for Macksville again.
“Matt Hyland has also assumed the captain / coach position for the 2022 season, Matt is excited about the coming season and will be able to play alongside Greg again.
“Group 2 was a very good competition but it has had some difficult times in the last few seasons, this is great news for the competition, a lot of players will want to play with Greg and also against him.
“2022 is shaping up to be a great season, with players like Clint Greenshields at Sawtell, Sam Burgess at Orara and Greg Inglis and Matt Hyland at the Macksville Sea Eagles, it will be great for the game, exciting times to come for sure.
“The Club and all its members welcome Greg and we are all looking forward to the 2022 season”,
By David Wigley