Inglis named new Rabbitohs skipper

January 20, 2015 12:58:58 UK

Greg Inglis has replaced John Sutton as South Sydney Rabbitohs captain for the new season.

The fullback stood in for Sutton while he was injured last year, and coach Michael Maguire says he has earned the job full-time with the Rabbitohs, who are 23.00 to win the Auckland Nines.

Maguire says the appointment of the Queensland and Australia representative player will help refresh the squad ahead of the defence of their premiership.

“Greg is very excited about this opportunity to captain the team in a very important season for us,” added the coach. “He enjoyed the extra responsibilities last year when John was out injured and he will now get the chance to fill that role for the entire season.”

Sutton will remain in the leadership group, with Maguire saying: “John is comfortable with the club’s decision and supports the change, and he knows his role within the team won’t change much either in terms of what is expected of him as a senior player and a leader amongst the squad.”

Inglis sees 2015 as a special year for the club, after they ended their premiership drought last season, and said it was an honour and privilege to be named as captain.

He added: “We have a big job ahead of us as a squad and the senior players have a responsibility to make sure we get the best out of ourselves as a team each week. I can’t wait for the footy to start and to pull on the red and green jersey again in 2015.”

The 28-year-old has played 84 games for the Rabbitohs, who are 6.00 to win the grand final, since arriving from Melbourne Storm after the 2010 season.

During his time with the Storm, he won the 2007 Clive Churchill Medal and was the Dally M Representative player of the year in two successive seasons. Inglis was named Dally M Fullback of the year in 2013.

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