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Inglis talks to gather momentum

By Wayne Heming 03/08/2010 07:43:43 PM Comments (0)

The Greg Inglis contract saga is tipped to gather some much-needed momentum this week following key talks during the past 48 hours.

Inglis, who has a firm two-year offer from Brisbane, flew into the Gold Coast on Sunday night after contributing a try in Melbourne's 36-12 win over Canberra, to inspect the Titans' facilities and potential areas to live.

It's believed the Gold Coast club gave his agent Allan Gainey their counter offer to the Broncos bid on Monday and that there were talks in Sydney on Tuesday with the NRL to go over the paperwork and offers on the table.

While neither Gainey or the NRL would confirm a meeting took place, Titans coach John Cartwright was able to confirm reports that Inglis had spent Monday checking out the club's set-up at Robina.

"I had a quick chat (with Inglis on Monday) but that's in the hands of Searlie (Titans chief executive Michael Searl) and his manager," said Cartwright.

"It was a positive move from him and a positive move from our club to know there's a player there we feel can really benefit us and we're in there for him.

"Whether we get him or not, that's up to him and his manager."

Asked if the club had made its offer to Inglis, Cartwright said: "I'm not involved in that process, Michael and his manager will work that out."

"He had a look around the training centre and some areas to live on the Gold Coast.

"He's got a lot to weigh up. The NRL has to look at it, Melbourne have to look at it, so it's a long process I would imagine."

Efforts to contact Gainey on Tuesday were again unsuccessful.

However a Melbourne spokesman said Inglis had been told the decision on where he went if he left was entirely up to him to make.

Inglis is known to have told some of his Queensland Origin team mates if he leaves Melbourne, he'll play for Brisbane in 2011.

Despite the 11th hour bid by the Titans and talk of South Sydney owner Russell Crowe wining and dining the Storm superstar in Sydney this week in a late bid to lure him to Redfern next year, the Broncos remain favourites to win his prized signature.

He would be an instant fit for Israel Folau, who is heading off to the AFL, as he already has a good friendship and on-field relationship with Justin Hodges who is making slow progress back from an Achilles injury.

Inglis' fiancee Sally Robinson lives and works in Brisbane which is why he wants to head north. And the attraction of playing alongside his Queensland and Australian captain Darren Lockyer in his last few seasons at the Broncos is another factor in Brisbane's favour.

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