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Penrith rule out Inglis swoop

By Ian McCullough 15/07/2010 07:49:46 PM Comments (0)

Penrith chief executive Mick Leary says the club is no longer in the market for Melbourne Storm superstar Greg Inglis.

The NRL high-flyers had put discussions with their off-contract players on hold until the full extent of the investigation into Melbourne's rorting of the salary cap had been revealed, in the hope of luring the Queensland and Australia centre to the club.

It was announced on Thursday by News Ltd chief executive John Hartigan that the Storm's breaches totalled $3.17 million from 2006 until the end of this season - around 80 per cent higher than the $1.7 million originally predicted by the NRL.

This figure is almost certain to dash any hopes the fallen premiers have of keeping their fab four of Inglis, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith.

Brisbane this week made a $400,000-a-year offer to Inglis, which was knocked back by his manager Allan Gainey, who said it was too low.

However, Cleary said the Panthers had now revised their stance, and had no intentions of tabling a bid for Inglis, opting instead to turn their attentions to keeping NSW State of Origin stars Michael Jennings and Michael Gordon at CUA Stadium.

"We have decided that the best thing for the club is to keep the current playing group we have together," Cleary told AAP.

"That is our priority and we are very close to getting those players signed up, it is just a case of sorting a few things out.

"I can't say specifically how long that will be, it is a case of how long is a piece of string, but I am confident it will be done soon."

"That is our main aim now, and one we are working very hard on.

"If we have anything left over, we will see what is out there, but I can tell you now, our recruitment outside of the club will be very minimal this year."

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