Greg Inglis has made a shock shift to five-eighth for South Sydney, as coach Michael Maguire attempts to spark the Rabbitohs’ spluttering NRL season.
Inglis moves into the halves alongside Adam Reynolds for Friday’s round 10 match against Parramatta at Pirtek Stadium.
That pushes Luke Keary out of pivot and onto the bench and casts further doubt over the premiership-winning playmaker’s future at Redfern.
Cody Walker starred for the Rabbitohs in the halves earlier this season but has also been overlooked as Inglis moves from the fullback spot he has made his own since early in 2012.
Alex Johnston returns from a hamstring injury in place of Inglis at fullback.
Inglis has been well down on form this season for the 12th placed Rabbitohs who are 3-6.
Souths are on a four-game losing streak heading into the clash with the Eels. It is their worst consecutive run of defeats under Maguire, who joined the club for the 2012 season.
Inglis has enjoyed previous success at five-eighth. He led Melbourne to their 2007 grand final win in the position to earn the Clive Churchill Medal.
In other round 10 news as teams were named on Tuesday evening, Wests Tigers Skipper Aaron Woods, Tim Grant and Mitchell Moses will return from injury in Sunday’s match against Canterbury.
For the Dogs, Sam Perrett replaces Will Hopoate at fullback. Hopoate is sitting out the match due to religious beliefs.
Prop Ben Matulino and second rower Bodene Thompson, who were among six players dropped to reserve grade for breaching team protocol, have been recalled to the Warriors’ side against Penrith in Christchurch on Saturday.