Maroons coach leaves door open for Inglis Origin return

Queensland coach Kevin Walters has left the door open for Greg Inglis to return to the Origin stage.

It was announced earlier this week that the former Australia and Queensland star would come out of retirement in 2021 after he signed a one-year deal with Warrington.

The decision led to speculation as to whether the 33-year-old, a former Golden Boot and World Cup winner, would consider representing the Maroons once again, and Walters revealed that there will always be an opportunity for him to come back into the fold.

Speaking on Fox League Live, he said, “The door is always open for great Queenslanders if they ever want to come back and play. We never shut the door, that’s always our way.

“We dragged Arthur Beetson out of reserve grade at Parramatta at 35 years of age to lead Queensland in the first-ever State of Origin.”

In 2001, then Queensland coach Wayne Bennett famously selected Allan Langer whilst the former Brisbane star was playing in England with Warrington. Langer went on to make a series-winning performance in the third and deciding match of the series.

However, Inglis must return to the NRL should he want to pursue Queensland selection as the NRL now only allows players who are registered in the NRL to compete in State of Origin.

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