Fresh Inglis finished as a ‘Mr Fixit’

first_imgAs Souths battled to click the way coach Michael Maguire knew they could in the wake of plenty of form and fitness concerns in 2016, Inglis was shuffled from fullback to five-eighth (for four games) then centre (for two games) with breakout rookie Cody Walker excelling in the unfamiliar fullback role.Souths won Inglis’s first two games when he was not at fullback but lost the next four and his return to the custodian role coincided with a return to form for the club. The 2014 premiers surged home with four straight wins to at least boost the confidence heading into 2017.”Through that time we were looking at a few different opportunities with Greg. But Greg in my eyes is a fullback,” Maguire said at the launch of the 2017 Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.”He’s definitely looking forward to staying at fullback,” Maguire added, while also all but confirming Walker would partner Adam Reynolds in the halves to start the season.For his part, Inglis was in no doubt that fullback is his best spot.”I’m definitely staying there, that’s where I want to play,” Inglis said.”Last year you couldn’t help it with the injuries that we had but in saying that, this year moving forward, clean sheet, everyone pretty much knows where their positions are going to be.”Inglis added that he was feeling physically and mentally refreshed after his later return to pre-season training due to the Four Nations tournament, as he heads into what will be a massive year for all the Test players with a World Cup at the end.”I’ll worry about [my workload] down the track, as for now I just want to hit Round 1 fully fit and ready to go for the season ahead. I really want to play good footy, I think we all do, at the club before this rep season gets around,” he said.”I feel fine. I came back mentally refreshed, the body was refreshed so I think it’s a great time to be coming back and on top of that it’s a great squad to be around.”Inglis won’t go to Auckland for the Nines but will play for the Indigneous All Stars in Newcastle the following weekend. That and the Charity Shield against the Dragons will be his only hit-outs before Round 1.last_img read more

I will be god of Manchester: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

first_imgManchester United’s heavyweight summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic has responded to club legend Eric Cantona’s claim of being the king of the former English Premier league (EPL) champions by saying he will be ‘god’ at Old Trafford.Cantona, who wore the Manchester United jersey from 1992-1997, welcomed the Swedish forward to the English powerhouse with a message saying the move is the best decision he has ever made.”I have a personal message for Zlatan: You decided to go red. It is the best choice you ever made,” Cantona stated in his welcome message.”When you walk into the Theatre of Dreams. When you can feel the ghosts of the legends that have been here before. When you score that first goal right in front of Stretford End. When you hear the crowd chanting your name. When your heart beats so strong that it bursts out of your chest. When you feel that you will love them as much as they will love you. (Also read: Jose Mourinho gets off to winning start as Manchester United manager)”You will know, my friend, that you finally made it home.”The Frenchman, one of the greatest players to grace Old Trafford with four EPL titles and two League and FA Cups during his fiver-year stint, asserted that there can be only one king in Manchester, himself, and offered Ibrahimovic the title of a prince.”Just one last thing, there can only be one King in Manchester. You can be the Prince if you want to. And the number 7 is yours if you are interested. That is my welcome gift to you…The King is gone! Long live the Prince,” Cantona, who netted 64 times from 143 appearances for Manchester United, said.advertisementBut the talismanic Swedish forward was not too keen to accept the role of a prince and replied to the French legend with his trademark swagger.”I admire Cantona. And I heard what he said,” Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying by the Telegraph on Monday.”But I won’t be King of Manchester. I will be God of Manchester.”The Swedish striker signed for United earlier this month on a free transfer. Last season Ibrahimovic plied his trade for French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain. Following a low key Euro 2016 campaign, he quit international football after 115 games and 62 goals for Sweden.last_img read more