11 Sep 2008

Storm breathe easy as superstar stays put

6:49 am on 11 September 2008

The Melbourne Storm superstar Greg Inglis has turned his back on million dollar a year offers to remain loyal tohis code. his club and his family.

Rugby league's hottest property has given the code a much-needed shot in the arm by agreeing to a contract extension to remain with NRL premiers for another four years in a deal reported to be worth around two million dollars.

Inglis says he had received overseas offers of around one million dollars a season but never seriously considered following Sonny Bill Williams, Mark Gasnier and Craig Gower out of league to rugby union,

The big sweetener to remain with the Storm was worth much less financially and much more emotionally.

The club agreed to help move Inglis' parents from Bowraville on the NSW mid-north coast to Melbourne to be closer to their son - just days after Inglis' father Wade Blair suffered a heart attack which left him hospitalised.

Inglis now joins halfback Cooper Cronk, lock Dallas Johnson and winger Anthony Quinn among a host of players to have agreed long-term deals.

The club is still negotiating with captain and hooker Cameron Smith, whose contract expires at the end of next season.