Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Inglis Looks Overpriced

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Inglis Looks Overpriced

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THIS more than likely won't win me too many Brownie points, but as a Broncos supporter Co and former employee Co I'm not too disappointed the club has missed out on the signature of Greg Inglis.

I've seen enough top-level footy in my 30-year career as a sports journalist to recognise extraordinary talent when I see it, and no doubt Inglis has bags of that. On his day, he is a match winner and one of the best in the game.

But the question begs to be asked Co how often is Inglis "on his day"? He certainly wasn't in Origin III. In fact, he looked totally out of sorts and Co dare I say it Co even disinterested.

Frankly, I think the money could well be spent elsewhere.

Inglis turned down $400,000 a season from the Broncos, a figure that over 26 rounds equates to almost $200 a minute. He apparently wanted $600,000, which shows he has learnt very little from the Storm salary cap debacle.

Okay, so 80 minutes on the weekend is nowhere near the workload expected of these guys, but $16,000 a game is still one hefty pay packet. And any club forking out that kind of money expects its pound of flesh Co every weekend.

If the development of Josh Hoffman, Jharal Yow Yeh, Ben Hunt, Andrew McCullough, Corey Norman, Alex Glenn and Matt Gillett so far this season is any guide, the Broncos will be better served developing their own Co a tried and tested formula.

The other reason I'm pleased Inglis is not joining the Broncos is the hope he will stay in Melbourne Co with Slater, Smith, Cronk and company. I fear that if one or two of the big four leave, the Storm may well degenerate in to a gentle breeze.

Dugan lifts spirits

THE most heartening news of the past week was Josh Dugan agreeing to a one-year extension of his deal with Canberra, making him a Raider until at least the end of 2012.

The Roosters have already started their annual looting mission, snaring youngster Justin Carney from the Raiders. Carney, incidentally, has not made an appearance in 2010 because of a severe leg injury. Dugan was also in their sights.

Although it is tremendous news that Dugan is staying with the Raiders, the drawn-out affair emphasises Co yet again Co that the NRL has to give clubs salary cap exemptions where their own juniors are concerned. …

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