Ri­val­ries put to one side as clubs rally over Inglis: Bel­lamy

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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

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