'Means a lot': Greg Inglis secures return to Australian rugby league

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Greg Inglis, pictured here at a State of Origin media opportunity in 2020.
Greg Inglis speaks to the media during a State of Origin media opportunity in 2020. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Greg Inglis has secured a playing return to Australian rugby league, signing on with the Macksville Sea Eagles.

In a low-key Australian bush footy comeback, the NRL champion will return to the Macksville club his father once played for.

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Inglis quit the NRL in 2019 to play in the English Super League for the Warrington Wolves.

After a 263-game career with the Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs, the 34-year-old left Australia to continue his career in the UK.

But that stint lasted just three games due to a hamstring injury, allowing the Macksville Sea Eagles to swoop and secure Inglis' services for next season.

"The Macksville Sea Eagles are proud to announce the signing of Greg Inglis for the 2022 Group 2 rugby league season," the club announced on social media on Wednesday.

"Last year Greg played for the Warrington Wolves in the UK for the past season sharing his experience and expertise with the Super League.

"Greg looks forward to seeing continuing rugby league career in his hometown of Macksville.

"He is proud to once again play for the club as his father did back when he was growing up in the Nambucca Valley. 

"It means a lot to him and his family to be playing for Macksville once again.

"The club and all its members would like to welcome Greg home and we are all looking forward to the 2022 season."

Greg Inglis, pictured here in action for Warrington Wolves.
Greg Inglis in action for Warrington Wolves. (Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Greg Inglis to play for hometown team in Macksville

Inglis grew up in Macksville, a small town in the Nambucca Valley in NSW, the same town where late Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was born.

Inglis moved to Queensland to play in the Queensland Cup ahead of his debut with the Melbourne Storm in 2005.

He went on to play 32 State of Origin games for Queensland, as well as 38 Tests for Australia.

The move has set Inglis on a path with Sam Burgess, who will coach the Russell Crowe-backed Orara Valley in the Group 2 premiership next season.

with AAP

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