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Up to us to make GI at home: Cullen

By Wayne Heming 02/09/2010 04:22:19 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane says it's unconcerned by prize NRL signing Greg Inglis' suggestion that he's likely to return to Melbourne once his expensive two-year stint with the six-time premiers is over.

The 23-year-old veteran of 16 Tests will play his last match for Melbourne against Newcastle on Sunday at AAMI Park and then undergo shoulder surgery before starting with the Broncos for 2011 and 2012.

He said in a TV interview aired on Wednesday he'd most likely head back to Melbourne after his contract with Brisbane expired.

Inglis's remarks raised eyebrows with Brisbane officials obviously hoping he will eventually extend his deal.

An understanding Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen said on Thursday Inglis's comments were "no big deal".

"We've signed Greg for two years only and our job during those two years will be to convince him Brisbane is the place to be and where he should stay.

"It's up to us to make sure we keep him here.

"He's leaving Melbourne, it's a very emotional time down there right now playing their last game and they're all brothers in arms.

"Every player that has left our club on presentation night has said they hope they come back one day.

"Greg said exactly the same thing. We wouldn't tell our players not to say it, so we wouldn't tell him not to say it."

Cullen said it would be hypocritical of Brisbane to criticise Inglis for expressing such sentiments.

"Benny Hannant is coming back to us next year after two years with Canterbury and we're not complaining about that," he said.

"Other players like Andrew Gee and Allan Langer have left the club and come back. Footballers play where they want to play."

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak echoed Cullen's thoughts.

"It doesn't bother me too much. It'll be our job when he gets here that he doesn't want to leave," said Henjak.

"He hasn't been here yet, he hasn't seen what the Broncos are all about and what the club offers.

"You get under pressure sometimes in interviews and you say things sometimes you don't always mean to come out the way they do."

Cullen meanwhile buried rumours he would return home to be North Queensland's new chief executive following the demotion of Peter Parr to Cowboys football manager this week.

"Forget all that rubbish," said Cullen who winds up his time at the Broncos at the end of the year.

"If I wanted to be an NRL CEO I'd stay where I am."

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