Inglis, who retired in April 2019, arrived in England at the weekend to take up a 12-month contract with Warrington and spoke of his excitement for his new challenge in his first press conference held via zoom.
Inglis, who turns 34 on Friday, will be the most high-profile addition to Super League in 2021, having made 32 State of Origin appearances for Queensland and won 39 caps for the Kangaroos and won Grand Finals with South Sydney and Melbourne.
Asked if he was worried about the risk to his reputation, Inglis said: “I don’t know about fear because I know what I’m capable of and I know the standards I set myself. The one thing I thrive on is the fear of failure.
“It’s going to take me five or six rounds to get back to my best but I know I can get there and I know hard work does pay off, that’s a given.
“I’ve been out of the game for two years and it’s just about getting back on the bike, get the oil changes and the tyres pumped back up and making sure the gears are still working.”
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Inglis says the decision to make a comeback stemmed from a chance conversation with his old South Sydney team-mate Jason Clark, who joined Warrington two years ago.
“Clarky and I stayed in contact since he left,” Inglis recalled. “I was having a chat and said ‘what’s it like playing over there?’ and he said ‘why don’t you come and join us?’
“I said ‘yeah, why not? I’ve nothing else to do’. My junior comp stopped where I was coaching so I had no job and my partner was working from home. A couple of weeks later, Warrington were on the phone and we got really excited.”
Inglis says he was undertaking two gym sessions a week before leaving Australia and is confident about being able to make an impact with the Wolves, who have yet to win a Super League title despite reaching four of the last nine Grand Finals.
“I just want to come over, put my best foot forward and add value to the team,” he said.
“I’m asking fans to be patient because I won’t be at my best for five or six rounds, that’s being completely honest.”
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