Bad news NSW fans: Greg Inglis has no plans on giving up representative football just yet.
As Johnathan Thurston prepares for his swan song State of Origin series and Billy Slater battles a shoulder injury to return to the Maroon jersey, Inglis has no end in sight to his Queensland career.
And after the 30-year-old knocked back interest from NRL rivals during the off-season to stick with South Sydney until the end of 2020, it means Origin’s most prolific try-scorer could have at least another four series in the tank.
“I’d like to think I’ve got a while,” Inglis said.
“As long as I’m playing really good footy for Souths I’m always going to put my hand up to play more rep footy.
“Being 30 is just a number. It’s about how your body feels and how you go about your training and how professional you really are.”
Inglis will return to the No.1 jersey on a full-time basis this season at the Rabbitohs, after spending time in the halves last year.
He also revealed he never seriously entertained the option of heading to Brisbane at the end of his original 2017 deal.
His future was the centre of attention last year, as it originally appeared the Rabbitohs would have a battle on their hands to retain their star fullback.
But Inglis said the discussion was merely media talk and he never considered leaving Redfern.
“I knew exactly what I was doing from the start,” he said.
“It was something that we worked on behind closed doors and I said I wanted to sort it out before this season kicked off.”
Inglis admitted last October he considered shifting to rugby union to try his hand in the 15-man game.
However, he now says he was never close to heading to European rugby, in the same vein as Ben Barba and Sonny Bill Williams in the past.
“I’m always going to have a love of league,” he said.
“If I thought about going over then it probably wouldn’t have been the best move I made for my family.”