NRL Podcast: Greg Inglis - Why I never celebrated Souths' premiership

It's Greg Inglis like you've never heard him before.

In an exclusive podcast with NRL.com, the South Sydney captain has revealed he never celebrated South Sydney's 2014 title with his teammates because of the emotional toll the club's premiership pursuit took out of him.

"I didn't even go out and party with the boys after the 2014 grand final," Inglis told his former Storm teammate Steve Turner and NRL.com chief reporter Michael Chammas.

"I was just zapped. I was absolutely zapped. I was gone. My emotions throughout the whole week – I knew what it was and I knew the build-up that came with it. But I just felt drained emotional wise. The 43-year drought, winning the premiership, taking it back to Souths.

"I knew in the back of my mind how much it meant to the community and how much it meant to the club. I just went back home that night. I went back to the Juniors, had a couple of beers and went home. I left Mum and Dad at the party and just went home and stayed home."

An open and candid Inglis also reflected on the 2010 Melbourne Storm salary cap saga and the pain of walking down the street to noise of people calling him a cheat.

Greg Inglis with NRL.com's Steve Turner and Michael Chammas.
Greg Inglis with NRL.com's Steve Turner and Michael Chammas. ©NRL Photos

"It was tough. It was hard," Inglis said.

"It struck a chord with a lot of players. Me personally, it really hurt. Walking down the street and coming to Sydney for games and being booed and called cheats. It hurts.

"I know what I went through. I know how hard we worked for that. They can take it off the trophy and take it out of the books but I've still got the medal there at home."

Inglis also reflects on his battle with homesickness, his struggle to stay fit when he joined the Rabbitohs, life growing up in Macksville and how he contemplated giving it all up during his darkest hour in 2017.

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