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Inglis is 'really switched on' for Storm

By Melissa Woods 28/09/2009 04:24:19 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne superstar Greg Inglis is reaping the rewards of a complete focus on football, according to his skipper Cameron Smith.

As the media descended on the Storm's training head-quarters ahead of Sunday's NRL grand final against Parramatta, Inglis was nowhere to be seen.

The club put a media ban on the 22-year-old game-breaker after he was charged with assaulting his former girlfriend Sally Robinson in early August.

The case will be heard again on October 14, with his lawyers pressing for the charges to be dropped following a new statement from Robinson.

Inglis has been in stunning form as the Storm surged into their fourth successive grand final scoring a hat-trick in the preliminary final win over Brisbane.

Smith said he was proud of the way his team-mate had responded after the incident, which resulted in a playing ban by his club.

"The way he's bounced back from a couple of months ago, I couldn't be happier with what he's done," Smith said on Monday.

"A lot of people forget that he's still a young bloke and to bounce back from that is a tremendous job."

A close friend, Smith said the Test back had been pouring all of his energy into the Storm and it was reaping rewards for the 2007 Clive Churchill medallist on the paddock.

"He's brought a lot of energy to our side and a lot of enthusiasm, it's something you rarely see from Greg," Smith said.

"He's usually half asleep in our meetings and trying to get him going at training is hard work sometimes but he's been really switched on and that's why he's playing some good football, because he's put a lot of time into his preparation."

Melbourne fullback Billy Slater said as well as scoring tries, Inglis was contributing in other ways.

"GI has been great the last few weeks, he has certainly added to our left side attack," Slater said.

"We all know what Greg can do, he is certainly doing that.

"It is stuff he doesn't get recognised for, the solid tackles he is making that force errors.

"Things he does away from his brilliant tryscoring and linebreaks and all that stuff that really impresses us.

"He has certainly matured over the last couple of years and is certainly one of the greats of the game."

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