Greg Inglis has laid out his future to South Sydney fans. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP
Greg Inglis has laid out his future to South Sydney fans. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Inglis to retire when contract's done at end of 2020 season

SOUTH Sydney Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis will retire from the NRL at the end of the 2020 season after seeing out the remaining two years of his contract.

The 32-year-old Queensland and Australian great also says he will step away from representative football at the end of 2019.

"By announcing this now it means I can focus on the job at hand here at South Sydney over the next two years," Inglis said on Friday morning via a video sent out to Rabbitohs members.

"A decision I've made purely on my own and something I've been thinking about in the last two and a half months. At the end of 2020 I'll be hanging up the boots, I'll be giving away the game but staying around this club hopefully for a long time after I retire.

"For the next two years I'll be giving everything I can to this great club - 2019 will be my last representative season, therefore next year I'll be solely concentrating on the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

"As this will come as a surprise to a lot of people, I think it's time for me to hang the boots up at the end of my contract."

Inglis lauded South Sydney and his previous club, the Melbourne Storm, in his message.

"It's what I've known. I feel like I have given everything I have to the game, and it's given me everything that I have in my life," he said.

"I've been fortunate to play with two fantastic clubs in the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Melbourne Storm.

"If it wasn't for the Storm I would not have had the chance to fulfil my life's dream.

"At the Rabbitohs, and as I've grown older, I've become a leader, a captain and a mentor to the current and next generation of young Rabbitohs to wear this proud red and green jersey.

"I've been fortunate enough to represent my country, my state, and my people and those are memories that I will cherish forever."