Greg Inglis announced his immediate retirement from the NRL in a media conference on Monday morning. The announcement comes almost two years earlier than was expected for the South Sydney captain. His NRL career has spanned 263 games with the Storm and Rabbbitohs.
Inglis fronted a media conference at around 11.30am with veteran coach Wayne Bennett and Souths' head of football Shane Richardson, where he named Newcastle's Wests Rosellas among the clubs he has played for throughout his career.
"I'm happy with myself and with my decision," he said.
"It is not a sad day for the club. It is not a sad day at all," Richardson said. "He has had a wonderful career with us. It was a tough call when he came to see us."
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Richardson said he encouraged Inglis to consider his decision to retire carefully, offering the great a week away to mull over the decision. Richardson said it wasn't until Monday morning when the final decision was made.
"I just knew it was time," Inglis said. "I've had a tremendous career."
Richardson said the NRL star would have "25 more years minimum" with the game.
One of the most decorated players of the 21st century, Inglis has been battling a serious shoulder problem and hasn't played since he was injured in round two against St George Illawarra.
The end was always in sight for Inglis but it was never meant to come this soon.
Still Queensland's State of Origin captain, he planned to bid farewell to the representative arena in 2019 before ending his NRL career at the end of next season.
Instead though, a poor range of movement in his left shoulder has him struggling to lift his arm above his head or away from his body.
Former Parramatta great Peter Sterling - whose own career was ended prematurely by a shoulder injury - suggested on Sunday morning Inglis could still play on.
But speculation is mounting that points towards that looking unlikely.
Damaging at both centre and fullback in club and representative football, Inglis made his name as Melbourne began their dominant era in 2006 and remained part of the Storm's success until forced to leave amidst the salary cap scandal.
He landed at Redfern desperate to end the Rabbitohs' title drought, doing so in the 2014 grand final as he scored the final try and sent the burrow into delirium.
His try-scoring tally stands at 149 in 263 games, his most recent coming as part of a double against Melbourne in last year's finals series.
He was just as dominant at representative level, forming arguably the greatest centre-wing combination in State of Origin history with Darius Boyd on Queensland's left edge.
There he scored the majority of his 18 Origin tries, while also crossing the line 31 times in 39 Kangaroos appearances.
- with Scott Bailey, AAP