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Surgery won't stop Inglis sprint

01/09/2010 07:31:32 PM Comments (0)

Imminent shoulder surgery is not expected to stop NRL superstar Greg Inglis contesting this month's eagerly awaited 100m race to decide Australia's fastest footballer.

Inglis will go under the knife this month, ruling him out of Australia's Four Nations campaign.

He will play his last match for the Melbourne Storm against Newcastle on Sunday at AAMI Park after signing a lucrative new deal with the Brisbane Broncos.

It is believed Inglis could have nursed a shoulder complaint that has troubled him all year through the Four Nations but the matchwinner opted to undergo surgery to be 100 per cent for 2011 - his first season with the Broncos.

A slightly miffed Melbourne learned Inglis' plans when they read it on the Broncos website on Wednesday.

Inglis does not officially become a Brisbane player until November 1 - as detailed on the Broncos website on Wednesday.

"Inglis is expected to have the surgery in the next few weeks, meaning he is certain to be fit for the Broncos when the 2011 NRL season commences in mid-March," the Broncos website said.

"The Storm-turned-Bronco centre was expected to be part of Australia's Four Nations campaign that begins when the Kangaroos take on Papua New Guinea at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday October 24.

"Inglis, and fellow off-season recruit Ben Hannant, officially become Broncos when their contracts with the club begin on November 1."

Despite announcing the surgery, Inglis has told colleagues that he will still contest the 100m race in Sydney on September 15.

Inglis will line up against the likes of Parramatta flyer Jarryd Hayne and Richmond AFL footballer Brett Deledio in the sprint at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre.

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