Rivalries put to one side as clubs rally over Inglis: Bellamy
NRL rivalries were quickly forgotten ahead of Melbourne’s clash with South Sydney tomorrow after Greg Inglis’ shock decision to seek treatment for depression, Storm coach Craig Bellamy has revealed.
Melbourne has Inglis’s Rabbitohs in its sights as the side looks to bounce back from a last-round boilover loss to Gold Coast Titans.
But Bellamy said that was an afterthought when he rang Rabbitohs mentor Michael Maguire after hearing his former Storm charge Inglis (pictured) had entered rehab.
Inglis checked into a Sydney facility last week after battling issues since suffering a seasonending knee injury in the first round. “I spoke to Michael Maguire from Souths (on Wednesday night),” Bellamy said.
“He is a pretty special guy, GI, but we know he is in good hands and the sort of guy he is, he will recover from this.
“He is at a good club who are looking after him and he is with the right people.”
Bellamy said Inglis — who enjoyed a stellar Storm stint from 2005-10 — was still considered one of Melbourne’s favourite sons.
“We want to tell him everyone at the Storm is really thinking of him, have always loved him and still love him now,” he said.
Bellamy said he had texted Inglis but was not expecting a reply any time soon.
“When he’s ready, I will have a chat to him,” he said.
“With GI it’s a really serious injury in this time of his life and career. Different people handle it (long term injuries) differently.
“It’s a tough time but everyone is aware of that and will try to rally around him.”
Inglis’ former Australian and Queensland skipper Darren Lockyer joined the rugby league fraternity in throwing their support behind the NRL star. Souths v Melbourne, tomorrow, 6pm, nib Stadium