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

Sir Geoff Hurst tells talkSPORT: ‘New England boss MUST be English!’

first_imgSir Geoff Hurst believes the Football Association should NOT appoint another foreign coach to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager, and insists the next boss MUST be English.A long list of managers have already been linked with the role in the seven days since Hodgson’s resignation following the Three Lions’ embarrassing Euro 2016 exit to Iceland.The likes of Arsene Wenger, Laurent Blanc, Claudio Ranieri, Jurgen Klinsmann and even Wales boss Chris Coleman have been mentioned, while Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate has reportedly turned down the job.Glenn Hoddle has also received heavy backing from pundits, with Harry Redknapp insisting the former England and Tottenham manager is PERFECT for the job.And World Cup-winning legend Hurst has told talkSPORT that, after a change of heart, he believes the FA MUST pick an Englishman.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the 1966 hat-trick hero said: “I’ve actually changed my mind, because I thought a while ago that we should be looking for the best man worldwide to do it.“But we’ve had two foreign managers who didn’t make any particular difference for me, so I think we do need an English manager to run the England team.”Asked if Hoddle be his preferred choice, Hurst replied: “Yes.“With his experience and his knowledge, Glenn would be a very strong candidate.”A number of ex-players have also put their name into the hat, with the likes of Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand just two to have voiced their desire to enter the England set-up.But Hurst insists they lack the coaching experience to be considered for the job.He added: “There are so many names already coming out, even people like Shearer and Ferdinand“But really, it’s very difficult to start putting your name forward to be the boss of England when you’ve had almost no coaching experience at all, even at club level.“So it surprises me when people like that put their name forward.“Glenn Hoddle of course has managed before and he’s a fantastic coach, and there’s an opportunity there, but we want to get it right and we want to have an improvementlast_img read more