Greg Inglis has admitted he struggled to cope with the demands of leadership after being appointed as South Sydney captain earlier this year.
Inglis revealed on Wednesday he lost focus and struggled for form as he battled to cope with the requirements of the role away from the football field, after taking over from former skipper John Sutton.
“I think probably with the captaincy at the start of the year I was looking at different ways to approach the game and that just isn’t me,” Inglis said.
“I like to sit back and relax and really love what I do and that is play footy.
“Over the last few months I have not really thought about what goes on in the outside world, just bunkered down and concentrate on what I wanted to do.”
Inglis returned to his devastating best in State of Origin II and III in a big boost to the Rabbitohs premiership hopes in the run-in to the finals.
Speaking at the SCG ahead of Souths’ round 19 heritage round clash against St George Illawarra at the venue, the Australian and Queensland representative said he was now more comfortable with the captaincy role as the Rabbitohs zero in on back-to-back NRL titles.
“When it (the captaincy) first got handed to me I was really happy about it,” Inglis said.
“But then I probably just went about, I thought about it in different ways and worried about too many different things around the club.
“Now I have found in the last few months that if I just put all that aside and just concentrate on myself and what I can bring to the team I’ll play my best footy.”