NRL shock: Greg Inglis may actually take the field in 2011
In a major NRL bombshell, departing Melbourne Storm player Greg Inglis has hinted that he might actually play rugby league in 2011.
The star centre was snared last week by the Brisbane Broncos on media and sponsorship deals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. But this website can exclusively reveal he is also set to take up a surprise playing role to the tune of $300,000 a year.
“Obviously my main priority will be the off-field stuff, especially my appearances on The Footy Show,” Inglis said. “Though whether I assume the role of the tryhard funny boofhead or the straight boofhead is still to be decided.
“There’s even the chance I’ll be asked to be the boofy loudmouth who talks boofily over the top of the other boofheads, although competition for that role is obviously fierce.
“Look, I’ll just be happy to be see my name on The Footy Show team sheet in any position,” Inglis added. “And who knows? As mentioned, I may also play some actual football.”
Inglis was forced to admit his playing plans when several pairs of football boots were spotted in moving boxes bound for Brisbane. But the most devastating centre since Mal Meninga gave no indication of the number of on-field appearances Broncos fans can expect in 2011.
“I guess I’ll squeeze in whatever I can between in-store promotional appearances,” the 23 year old said. “This is all about loyalty.”
Loyalty and the Inglis name have gone hand in hand since the product of the NSW coastal town of Macksville decided to play State of Origin match for his “native” Queensland.
Meanwhile, Western Sydney AFL recruit Israel Folau says he is inspired by the commitment of his former Storm and Queensland team-mate.
“Greg’s a hero and a role model to me,” Folau said. “Like him, I list my occupation as ‘footballer’, and like him, I earn far more from off-field activities. Greg really embodies the romance, passion and professionalism of the modern footballer.”
In late breaking news, fashion model and Sunday social pages regular Michael Clarke is considering fitting a frontline Ashes batting role into his hectic summer schmoozing schedule.
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