Greg Inglis has refused to rule out a return to the Kangaroos later this year as he gets set for pre-season duties with English Super League club Warrington.
Inglis last year shocked rugby league fans when he announced he was coming out of retirement to play in the Super League in 2021 after bowing out of the NRL in 2019.
The 34-year-old arrived in England five days ago with his mindset focused on how he can add value to his new squad.
Inglis revealed that despite not expecting to be at 100 per cent for the opening rounds of the competition, his aim is to be firing by the back end of the season.
“I won’t be back to 100% until round five or six,” Inglis told reporters.
“That’s what the expectation on myself is. I’m gradually going to build. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out of the game.”
“I had a chat with the boys yesterday. I’m here to add value to the team. I’m here to do my job,”
“The thing is the challenge. I love to push my body to the limit. I want to get back into the game and give it my all.
“Towards the end of the year I want to get the team to the big stage.”
Shortly after announcing his return to rugby league in early 2020, rumours of a return to State of Origin football emerged when Maroons coach Kevin Walters made it clear the door would be left open for Inglis to return to Queensland’s squad for last year’s series.
With a Rugby League World Cup scheduled for October, Inglis admitted he wasn’t thinking about a Kangaroos comeback but conceded he would “reassess” his options should an opportunity at international level arise.
“No, not at this point,” he said when asked if he would consider a Kangaroos return.
“My sole focus is to get my body right for the season ahead for Warrington.
“If that comes out at the back of the year and the opportunity arises, then I’ll sit down and have a chat with the people around me and we’ll reassess from then.”
Inglis speaks up on mental health, racial issues
Inglis also touched on his mental health battles throughout his time in the sport, revealing how he initially struggled to reach out for support.
“No-one knew besides myself what was going on,” he added.
“And I wasn’t willing enough or honest enough to talk about it. It wasn’t until a couple of months after that I came out and spoke about it.
“That’s just something that I’m passionate about. This is my own story and I’m happy to share that.
“I have ups and downs from time to time, but I’ve got tools to deal with it and the people around me to understand how I am and how I go about things.”
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