Greg Inglis to make shock rugby league return with Warrington Wolves

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Australia and Queensland great Greg Inglis will come out of retirement to play for Warrington Wolves in the 2021 season, the Super League club have confirmed.

Formerly of Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs, Inglis established himself as one of the leading lights of the modern era in rugby league over the course of 263 NRL appearances, before announcing his retirement in April last year.

The 33-year-old also won 39 caps for the Kangaroos and made 32 State of Origin appearances, and he is relishing the next and unexpected chapter of a decorated career in England.

“I can’t wait to get over there and play for a club that has so much rich heritage,” said 2013 World Cup winner Inglis, whose move is subject to a visa.

“I’ve seen the success the team have had in the Challenge Cup and I want to help the team to deliver more glory.

“I’ve played over in England many times in representative footy and love how passionate and vocal the supporters are.

“To get the opportunity to live in the UK, to play for such a powerhouse club that I believe is on the rise is something I’m looking forward to and hopefully I can add value to the team.”

Warrington are the reigning Challenge Cup holders after beating St Helens 18-4 at Wembley last year but have frequently been on the receiving end of showpiece heartache, suffering four Super League Grand Final defeats in the past eight seasons.

Head coach Steve Price hopes Inglis can help Wire to take that elusive final step and claim the top prize in England for the first time since 1955.

“Greg is a world class athlete and has received the highest honours within our game,” Price said.

“Having had 12 months out of the sport he has had time to refresh both mentally and physically, and he is focussed on having a positive influence on Warrington Wolves.

“I’m looking forward to working with him on a professional and personal level, and I’m excited to welcome him into our group.”