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No deal but GI prospect excites Broncos

By Wayne Heming and Melissa Woods 19/07/2010 07:14:04 PM Comments (0)

Senior players Darren Lockyer and Corey Parker say the possibility of Melbourne superstar Greg Inglis joining Brisbane in 2011 had created an air of excitement around the NRL club.

While Melbourne is yet to grant Inglis a release from the final two years of his contract, Lockyer said on Monday the six-time premiers would welcome the Queensland and Australian centre "with open arms".

Parker was even more expressive, declaring the possibility of a Justin Hodges-Greg Inglis backline partnership as "scary".

Inglis' Sydney-based manager Allan Gainey told AAP on Monday there'd been no talks between the Broncos or the NRL since weekend reports flagged the move, hinting it could now drag on late into the week.

Melbourne football manager Frank Ponissi however expressed surprise at media reports, going so far as to suggest Inglis could be "leading people up the garden path"

"At this stage he's got a contract for the next two years with the Melbourne Storm and that's where it stands," fired Ponissi.

"There's been renewed interest (from Brisbane) but in terms of any finalisation or requests for a release, nothing could be further from the truth there.

"He's been linked to the Broncos but in terms of getting close to a signature, it's premature, if it's going to happen at all."

Inglis' manager remained hopeful the Storm would come to the party and give him a release after accepting Brisbane's original offer last Thursday.

"Nothing happened at all today (Monday)," said Gainey.

"We're waiting on Melbourne, the ball is in their court.

"They've still got to release him and they won't do that until they've had discussions with the NRL which they've advised me won't happen in the next 48 hours so we're probably looking more to the end of the week."

While Gainey said he was more than satisfied where things were with Brisbane he said nothing further could happen until Melbourne agreed to release Inglis.

"We believe they will but first they have to check things out as far as their salary cap position in 2011 is concerned with (salary cap auditor Ian Schubert).

"They've said they won't release him until they've done that.

"It's all about timing. They were away on the weekend and they have to set up a meeting with the NRL which Frank Ponissi has told me won't happen in the next 48 hours.

"I can't activate it any more."

Lockyer said he hadn't used his position as captain of Queensland's team to get into Inglis' ear when they were in camp together recently before the third State of Origin game.

"GI's a class act and a match winner, any club would want him," said Lockyer on Monday.

"I know the Broncos would welcome him with open arms.

"With Izzy (Israel Folau) going, it leaves a big void and there's no doubt GI would be a great pick up for the club if it comes off.

"At this stage it's all speculation although securing a player of GI's calibre for the Broncos is pretty exciting."

Parker said Inglis would be high on any NRL club's hit list.

"You've only got to look at what he can do in the game," said Parker.

"If he was here at the Broncos I'm sure it would boost our backline.

"With Izzy leaving there's going to be a pretty big hole there.

"It would be pretty scary having Justin Hodges and Inglis in the same side."

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