SUPPORT: Cameron Smith (left) and Greg Inglis pose before an All-Stars match with the Arthur Beetson Trophy.
SUPPORT: Cameron Smith (left) and Greg Inglis pose before an All-Stars match with the Arthur Beetson Trophy. DAN PELED

Smith says Inglis made right decision getting help

MELBOURNE Storm captain Cameron Smith has praised Greg Inglis for making the "right decision" and getting help for his depression.

Inglis checked himself into rehab last week.

"He just felt the need to go into that facility just to make sure that he's going to be OK," Smith said.

"The great thing about it is a lot of men they try to hand that (feeling lost) they try to put a front on in front of all their friends and their family but 'GI' has made the right decision there to go into that facility when he wasn't feeling quite right and hopefully in a few weeks he'll feel a lot better."

Smith tried to contact Inglis yesterday to lend support.

"I just tried to reach out to him to let him know that everyone in the rugby league community, and particularly here at the Melbourne Storm given he's been a huge part of our club, just to remind him that we're all here for him and if he ever needs a chat or anything like that we're all here for him."

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he rang Rabbitohs mentor Michael Maguire after hearing his former Storm charge Inglis had entered rehab.

"I spoke to Michael Maguire from Souths (on Wednesday night)," Bellamy said. "He is a pretty special guy GI, but we know he is in good hands and the sort of guy he is he will recover from this.

"He is at a good club who are looking after him and he is with the right people."

Bellamy said Inglis - who enjoyed a stellar Storm stint from 2005-10 - was still considered one of Melbourne's favourite sons.

"We want to tell him everyone at the Storm is really thinking of him, have always loved him and still love him now," he said.

Bellamy said he had texted Inglis but was not expecting a reply any time soon.

"When he's ready I will have a chat to him," he said.

"With GI it's a really serious [knee] injury in this time of his life and career.

"Different people handle it [long-term injuries] differently. It's a tough time but everyone is aware of that and will try to rally around him."

Inglis's former Australian and Queensland skipper Darren Lockyer joined the rugby league fraternity in throwing their support behind the NRL star.

Lockyer admitted he was surprised to learn of Inglis's plight after catching up with the Rabbitohs strike weapon while he was helping out at the recent Kangaroos' trans-Tasman Test camp in Canberra.

"He seemed to be in good spirits but sometimes we don't know what is going on behind closed doors," Lockyer told Fox Sports TV.

"I guess the focus is for Greg to get himself right. But things will turn, things will come good.

"When he comes out in the next couple of weeks we will all welcome him back with open arms."

Inglis is expected to spend the next two weeks in the Sydney facility.

News Corp Australia


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