Seibold will leave call to Inglis

08 March 2018 06:39:55 EST

Greg Inglis can have his No.1 jersey back when he feels ready, says South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold.

Inglis is making his return from a serious knee injury and will play in Saturday's season-opening clash with the Warriors in Perth.

The Rabbitohs skipper got through a quarter of the game against St George Illawarra Dragons in the Mudgee Charity Shield a fortnight ago and says he's in a positive frame of mind heading into his return.

"Going through the rehab and getting back to where I am now is a credit to our support staff behind the scenes," he said. "It gives me a lot of confidence heading into round one on Saturday; I'm looking forward to it."

Seibold says for the moment he's happy with Alex Johnston at fullback but will leave it up to Inglis to let him know when he feels ready to take over that spot.

"Once Greg comes to me and says, 'listen, I want to move back to fullback', that would be a fair indication," he said. "We'll see how the conversation goes then."

Inglis said he was satisfied with how he came through the Charity Shield, adding: "We just have to take it as it comes. I feel fine in myself but until a ball is actually kicked off and you're out there for 80 minutes ... it's not going to be an easy task. It's going to be very physical and demanding on your body. I just have to go out there and see how we go."

South Sydney are 29/50 to beat the Warriors, who are 7/5. The Rabbitohs are 10/11 conceding a 4.5-point start.

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