Inglis values Rabbits glory over Origin legacy
He has won eight consecutive State of Origin series with Queensland and a World Cup for his country, but Greg Inglis believes a grand final win with South Sydney would rank higher than any other feat in his illustrious career.
In a career 10 footballers combined would be happy to emulate, Inglis has opened up about how special it would be to lead his adopted Rabbitohs to premiership glory and the value he places on it compared to other achievements on the football field.
Inglis said people shouldn't be surprised that he places more value on club glory than State of Origin success.
''Premierships are always the ultimate goal,'' Inglis said before his side's clash with Manly on Friday night.
''Origin and representative jerseys just go back on your club performance and the way you play at club.
''Even though we didn't get the Origin series, everyone's always thinking about winning the ultimate prize and that's a premiership.''
When Inglis made his debut as an 18-year old for Melbourne in 2005, it came at a time when NSW still reigned supreme in Origin.
But after an unprecedented eight consecutive Origin series wins, Inglis has signalled his determination to perform in the red and green jersey.
His appetite for glory on the first Sunday of October might be exacerbated by the fact Melbourne were stripped of their 2007 and 2009 premierships for breaching the salary cap, which means Inglis, technically speaking, is yet to win a premiership.
Inglis said the bond he has formed with his teammates has given him a perspective on just how important club football ranks alongside representative duties.
''I think anyone would [take a grand final over winning multiple Origin series],'' Inglis said.
''Individually, because you're with your mates for 10 months of the year, it all pays off. In Origin you're with them for only 30 days of the year.
''Leaving Melbourne and coming to this club, I can really see the family history behind it. Words can't describe how much it actually means to me. I'm not one to really speak about my emotions, but maybe one day I'll sit you down and tell you about it when I retire.''
With John Sutton sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury, Inglis was given the captaincy for the first time against the Knights on Sunday, a role the 27-year-old said he doesn't mind taking on, albeit prematurely in his eyes.
''I don't think anyone's ready to take on the captaincy,'' Inglis said.
'' It's the way you lead and you conduct yourself around the club and around the boys. When I got asked to do it I was really honoured. I don't really change much about the way I play though.
''It's a big task, but you take it on board."
Sydney Morning Herald