Inglis expects to play in Charity Shield

11 October 2017 22:48:37 GMTPlus11

Greg Inglis aims to make a playing return for South Sydney in the pre-season Charity Shield clash with the Dragons.

Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold has revealed the star fullback Greg Inglis is on track to return from a serious knee injury for the annual hit-out against St George Illawarra.

Inglis ruptured his ACL in the Round 1 loss to the Wests Tigers, and despite bravely playing on to score a try, he was eventually shown to have sustained damage that kept him out for the rest of the 2017 season.

Inglis is set to continue his rehab running when the Rabbitohs return in early November.

Seibold said: "In December he'll go into doing some light skills in full team conditioning with the view of being ready for full skills in January.

He'll go into doing some light skills in full team conditioning with the view of being ready for full skills in January.

Anthony Seibold

"Greg's aim is to play the Charity Shield against the Dragons and all our performance staff, their indication is that he'll be right for that game."

Inglis will be hoping forwards Tom and George Burgess will be able to lay a platform next season to give him enough space to work his magic.

The twins were central to the club's 2014 form that helped the Bunnies to a drought-breaking premiership.

But George has struggled for form in the wake of a serious hip injury while Tom was heavily criticised for his ball-handling last season which saw him come up with 18 errors.

Seibold feels they don't get a fair crack of the whip from their detractors.

"I think Tom played consistently well at times during the year, but there were other times where he was criticised publicly for making errors, and I think sometimes both Tom and George are unfairly criticised because people, when they watch at home, see one person when they're two different people," he said.

"George has got a really big season coming up, and George would understand that. He wasn't at his best this year and we certainly have given him some areas that we want him to improve in - both physical areas and also from a footy point of view - and George has taken that on board so let's see what he can produce over the pre-season."

South Sydney are 14/1 to win the 2018 grand final.

The Rabbitohs are 8/11 to finish in the top eight.

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