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Winning a Clive Churchill medal when it wasn't even his best position, painted the true picture of the Greg Inglis genius, according to coach Craig Bellamy.

The man who gave Inglis his NRL debut back in 2005 on the wing, said you only had to fast-forward a couple of years to witness his wonder.

"The one thing I will say about Greg Inglis, more than anything else, is that when you really needed him he accepted that challenge and he always excelled," Bellamy told

"He is a big-game player. If you needed something from Greg Inglis he never disappointed you, never let you down.

"He loved the big occasion and he loved the pressure on him. He accepted it and his sheer talent let him handle all of it.

"All great players always do what's right for the team. Greg wasn't a five-eighth – he was a fullback or centre and it was really tough for him when we asked him to play five-eighth in 2007.

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"But he won the Clive Churchill Medal in the grand final that year, when it wasn't his best position. That says heaps about his ability and talent."

Inglis scored two tries in that 34-8 win over Manly.

Former Storm recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan is credited with bringing the teenager from Brisbane Norths to Melbourne Storm.

"Our recruitment guy said 'He's one hell of an athlete. He can score the long distance tries, he's quick, he's going to be big'," Bellamy said.

"He was 15 then but made his way down to Melbourne, when still a schoolboy basically, he was just 17.

"He didn't know anyone here but off-the field he stuck it out. He ended up loving Melbourne at the end.

"Like all great players, he'd test your patience now and then. But he had a wonderful personality.

"Both at Storm and Souths he's been a terrific club man. He's always very aware of the history and culture around his club," Bellamy said.

"I don't think I've seen too many other players that can turn a game on its head that quickly, or put a gap in the opposition line that quickly."


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