Greg Inglis says he will be the freshest he’s been since he was 16 when he starts his unexpected Warrington stint next year.
The Australian superstar – a former Golden Boot winner and the top try scorer in State of Origin history – has not played since announcing his retirement last April.
But Inglis says he needed that break from the sport both physically and mentally, and will arrive in England in December relishing one final challenge.
The 33-year-old told the 'What Would Brian Bevan Say?' podcast: “The bottom line of my retirement was that I just got tired of trying to get my body right to get through training.
“When I sit back and think about it, and it’ll be two years when I get back out, my body’s feeling fresh and I’m feeling great. I haven’t had that since I was 16 years old.
“The two years off will give my body time to heal, it will make a difference without a doubt.
“But the biggest fight anyone can have in life is having voices in your head saying things to you, and that’s why I’m an outspoken person about mental health.
“I’m passionate about it because I’ve been through it and can talk about it.”
Inglis is determined to have an impact in Warrington off the field as well as on it after dedicating much of his recent time to community work Down Under.
He added: “That’s one of my passions and always has been. I don’t think I’m better than the person standing next to me – everyone’s got a story to tell and are coming from a different walk of life.
“If that person standing next to me wants to have a chat then I’m happy to.
“There’s things over here where the Australian media doesn’t know what I’ve done for personal reasons, because I don’t want them to know what I do in my own time.
“At Warrington I just want to be seen as a guy who came over and did his best for the team.
“I don’t want to be seen as the guy who came over later in his career for a holiday because I said from the very start I’m not there for holidays, I’m there to do a job.
“So far I’m just keeping it to the one year – I’ve got a lot of things going on at home and I just want to go over and give it my best for that year.”
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