Inglis to remain as Rabbitohs captain

Nov 2, 2017 - 2:31 AM New South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold says recovering NRL star Greg Inglis will remain as Rabbitohs captain and has been pencilled in for a Charity Shield cameo return.

Inglis will return to South Sydney training on Monday after being sidelined since March with a season-ending knee injury suffered in the Rabbitohs' 2017 round one clash.

The Queensland and Test star also spent time in a private rehabilitation centre in May dealing with mental health issues.

Seibold said he had no doubt Inglis could handle the pressures of captaincy upon his return.

"Greg's our captain. He wants to be our captain and he's our leader as far as I'm concerned," he told the website.

"Greg is in a really good space at the moment and is doing well with his routine.

"He has a smile on face, has had a really good break, he's done with the part-time stuff now and will kick-off full-time on Monday.

"He's really excited and looking forward to re-joining the main group."

Seibold said Inglis would have plenty of support around him as Rabbitohs captain.

"I'm really lucky to have Sam (Burgess) and John (Sutton) as well as those three guys are our three stand-out leaders," he said.

"They've all captained this team in the past - they've pretty much done everything in the game."

Seibold was confident Inglis would make his official return for the Rabbitohs in their February 24 Charity Shield clash with St George Illawarra.

"November is rehab running month for him. December will see him join the conditioning drills and do some other light skills," he said.

"January he'll come back after the Christmas break and, all going well, he'll be in the main group and we'll start merging him with more and more contact.

"Talking to Greg his aim is to play half a game in the Charity Shield match so that's our target.

"And everything in the rehab progress so far suggests that's realistic."

Seibold said he had settled on Inglis at fullback, Adam Reynolds as halfback and Cody Walker at five-eighth for his 2018 spine but still had a question mark over his preferred hooker - either Damien Cook or veteran Robbie Farah.

Both shared the rake role under ex-coach Michael Maguire but Seibold said he was not a fan of rotating hookers.

"In an ideal world you want a hooker who plays 80 minutes," he said.

Source: AAP

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