Fresh Inglis finished as a 'Mr Fixit'
A refreshed Greg Inglis is looking forward to spending 2017 in the Rabbitohs' No.1 jersey – and the No.1 jersey only.
As 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.