Deja Vu? Not the first time Warrington tempt NRL star out of retirement

Following the news Warrington Wolves have tempted Greg Inglis out of retirement, we look at another time an NRL star came out of retirement to play for them.

Back in 1999, it had been announced that one of the best halfbacks in the game, Allan Langer would retire. He played 240 games for Brisbane Broncos and won four NRL titles.

He retired halfway through the NRL season. But resurfaced ahead of the 2000 season at Warrington, where he was immediately made captain.

Langer’s impact was seen straight away, he helped the club to within one game of the Challenge Cup Final. However, they were beaten 44-20 by Bradford Bulls.

In 2001, Langer would make history as the only player to be selected for State of Origin whilst playing outside Australia. He scored Queensland’s only try in Game Three as they were beaten 32-4 by New South Wales.

Once he came back, he had another productive season with Warrington. He helped them to the Challenge Cup semi-finals again, but they were beaten by Bradford again.

Langer started every match in the Super League for the Wolves in 2001. He had announced his retirement because of an ankle injury. However, he re-joined Brisbane Broncos at the start of the 2002 season.

Overall, he played 55 games for Warrington. He scored 16 tries and four goals during his two seasons in England.

He later told the Warrington Guardian: “I had a great time and I still regret I didn’t stay here longer. I loved it. If we all had hindsight, I’d still love to be here.

“I’d have loved to have been here for a couple more years.”

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