POSITIONAL PLAY: Greg Inglis will play full-back for the Rabbitohs this season.
POSITIONAL PLAY: Greg Inglis will play full-back for the Rabbitohs this season. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Inglis back in favoured position of fullback

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rabbitohs superstar Greg Inglis switched between three backline positions last season but he has no doubts about where he'll play for the Rabbitohs in 2017.

Inglis was shifted into five-eighth midway through last NRL season in an attempt to breath some life into a lacklustre South Sydney outfit.

That move saw Cody Walker switch to fullback and his impressive performances sparked a debate as to whether it should be a permanent one.

But Inglis, who also starred at left centre for Queensland and Australia last year, was adamant the halves experiment at the Bunnies was dead in the water, at least for season 2017.

"I said (to coach Michael Maguire) I wanted to play fullback throughout this season," Inglis said.

"What happens beyond this season we will just reassess it next year but if it comes down to it then I'll do what what's best for the team.

"I want to play fullback and fullback is where I'll start in round one."

After a disappointing turnout in 2016, Inglis is confident his side can turn things around and that the addition of Robbie Farah has boosted the side's title hopes.

But he also sang the praises of young hooker Damien Cook, who is likely to relegated to second fiddle behind Farah as their first choice No.9.

"I think so (can challenge for the title). But we also have Damien Cook there," Inglis said.

"I know we picked up Robbie but the way Damien played at the back end of last season really got us going.

"We are looking to carry and improve that momentum from last season into this year.

"Bringing Robbie in is a bonus to the whole group - his professionalism, his leadership around the group is sensational.

"To bring in Robbie when we already have a good quality hooker, it's just a credit to what Souths has been doing recruiting wise."

Sam Burgess will captain the South Sydney Rabbitohs in this Sunday's Charity Shield match against the Dragons, with Inglis rested from an otherwise strong squad.

Robbie Farah will start at hooker with fellow hooker Damien Cook to come off the bench, with coach Michael Maguire giving his strongest hint yet at how his team will line up in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership season.

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