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Inglis can train with Brisbane

Wayne Heming 28/10/2010 07:41:40 PM Comments (0)

The news couldn't have been much better for Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak on Thursday with star signing Greg Inglis cleared to train with the club on Monday and centre partner Justin Hodges running freely at Red Hill.

While he's not a Bronco just yet, the Inglis situation has improved with former club Melbourne at least granting the 23-year-old leeway to start training.

Inglis remains embroiled in a dispute with the Storm and the NRL over legal costs incurred during his successful defence of an assault charge against his girlfriend last year.

Melbourne are refusing to release him because the NRL will include any money paid towards his court case under their revised salary cap.

The dispute threatened to prevent him training with Brisbane next week until Melbourne removed the hurdle on Thursday, agreeing to the 23-year-old international's request to join the Broncos' pre-season preparations.

Henjak, who returned for the Broncos' pre-season after holidaying overseas, was happy with the developments but there's clearly some work to be done to resolve the dispute.

"It has been a difficult time for all parties involved in this matter and it certainly is not finished yet," said Brisbane chief executive Bruno Cullen.

"However it is wonderful that Greg will be able to train with our squad from the start and we thank the Storm for their understanding."

One condition of Melbourne's goodwill gesture in allowing Inglis to train with Brisbane is that they can't use him in any promotions or for media interviews.

His contract with Brisbane can't be registered until his dispute with Melbourne and the NRL is sorted.

Even then, his official signing could be further delayed by a row between the NRL and player managers over the compulsory signing of a statutory declaration by all parties, which is currently preventing any new contracts being signed and registered.

But that didn't diminish Henjak's good mood on Thursday.

As well as the improving Inglis situation Henjak couldn't hide his delight at the prospect of having Hodges back after he missed all last season with an Achilles injury.

"I saw him running today and he looked really good," Henjak said of Hodges, sorely missed in 2010 as the Broncos failed to make the NRL finals for the first time since 1991.

"Justin's got a whole pre-season to get right.

"We tried to get him back for the finals this year but it just didn't work out.

"Now we can take our time with him."

Henjak is understandably buoyant about taking on opposition next season with a centre combination who until now had been keen rivals for the title of world's best centre.

Asked if he was excited by the prospect, Henjak said: "who wouldn't?"

"You put the Gilletts (Matt Gillett) and the Te'os, (Ben Te'o) those big wide running forwards inside those two guys and throw (Jharal) Yow Yeh and Josh Hoffman in the mix and it's pretty exciting," he said.

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