Smith has redefined the role of an Origin or Test captain since taking over the position for Queensland and Australia after Darren Lockyer’s retirement in 2011 and Maroons coach Kevin Walters admitted the state had “lost our captain and our leader.”While no decision has yet been made on who will captain the Maroons in this year’s series, Inglis is the obvious choice and he is already considered a great indigenous leader and role model.On the field, he has been the Rabbitohs captain since 2015 and has previously skippered the Indigenous All Stars and Prime Minister’s XIII.After suffering mental health issues following the knee injury which sidelined him for all but one match last season, Souths officials spoke to him about the added work load of being captain but he insisted he wanted to resume the position when he returned.The Queensland and Kangaroos jobs come with even greater responsibilities but Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess, who has captained England and deputised for Inglis at the Rabbitohs last season, insists Inglis he would cope.“He has handled it here with us and we are not a quiet club, there is always a lot of interest around us,” Burgess said.“I guess with everything Greg has been through it was never going to be a quiet transition, coming back and captaining our side. He has handled that extremely well. I am sure he can manage it.”Inglis declined to comment on the captaincy at Souths training on Tuesday as like most in the game he had not been aware that Smith was planning to call time on a 12-year Origin and Test career which has established him as one of the game’s greatest players.However, Burgess and halfback Adam Reynolds said Inglis, who would become just the third Indigenous player to captain Queensland after Arthur Beetson and Gorden Tallis if chosen, was ideally suited for the role.“This year he has been unbelievably influential across our group,” Burgess said. I have really enjoyed having him back as the captain of the team. He is just growing every week.“This Greg, that I am seeing at my personal level, is the best version of Greg that I have seen.“He has already been a fantastic role model for me and a lot of others throughout our careers but right now he is fine-tuning his leadership and it is great working with him.“He is now clear in his conversations with other players. Everyone grows and gets more experienced, and Greg has just grown every day. I think he would be a great fit.”Reynolds said Inglis deserved the honour of captaining Queensland.“He is the captain of our club and he has done a lot in our game too,” Reynolds said. “For Greg, I am sure he would be proud and his family would be proud.“He has done a great job for us at Souths and I am sure that would transfer well into the Origin arena.”Meanwhile, Burgess paid tribute to Smith’s leadership and described him as a “benchmark” for other captains.“I have had the pleasure of captaining against him a few times and he has always been a great role model for the international game,” Burgess said.“He knows the game extremely well, he is a very good player and a very good leader of men. He seems to have a knack at that. He is a wonderful player, I respect what he is about and what he has done in the game. He does everything fantastically well.“He has captained Australia, Queensland and Melbourne … and you look at the success of all of those three teams it is pretty unbelievable and it no coincidence. He is obviously a great leader. I’d dare say he is the benchmark.”
Albert Celades, in the press room, neither assured nor denied that he was going to have Rodrigo at his command in February (“What I see about Rodrigo is that he trains with us and I don’t speak of hypotheses”), while Quique Setién did make it clear that “we consider signing a nine”. According to the information handled by AS, Rodrigo would be among the candidates to replace Luis Suárez, although it is an operation that is described as “complicated to execute” in January. Valencia reached an agreement with Atlético de Madrid for 50 million in summer by Rodrigo, an option that failed to materialize because the rojiblanco club did not find a destination for Correa. That is the minimum price for which Peter Lim would change his mind about Rodrigo, because from Valencia, after the classification of the team for the knockout stages of the Champions League, it was filtered in December that the international would not be on sale now in January. But today in the club ché simply refer to that there is no talk of “hypothesis.” His coach made it clear on Friday that he does not have the Spanish striker and he is crazy about music for returning to Mestalla. Of course, the German club (minimum) wants to collect what they once paid for it, which sources close to the operation amount to 23 million euros (although from Germany there was talk of 28). By the way, Barcelona did not keep any preferential rights nor a percentage of a future transfer, so the Alcacer operation could not be linked in economic terms to that of Rodrigo Moreno.The Alcacer operation, as mentioned, would be directly more linked (at least in Peter Lim’s mind) to the exit of Kevin Gameiro’s Valencia. Lyon was bidding for French, although the French club has signed Ekambi. But in the last hours, specifically ESPN, spoke that the PSG would have Gameiro among its candidates to replace Cavani, as long as the transfer of the Uruguayan to Atlético de Madrid is closed (Chelsea and United also want it), a red and white club that was also raised for January although with the small mouth the signings of Alcácer and even recovered the reports on Rodrigo. But both were discarded and focused their efforts on Cavani, for which they offer 10 million and with which, as they assure AS, they would have an agreement for three seasons. Ten days left of the market and the thing goes forward. Four names monopolize the focus in the last hours: Rodrigo Moreno, Paco Alcácer, Edinson Cavani and Kevin Gameiro. Valencia is in the middle of three of those fronts, Barcelona, Atlético, Borussia Dortmund and PSG are the other actors of stories that go in parallel but have linked chapters.Sports world He included Rodrigo Moreno in a list of strikers who would manage Barcelona to replace Luis Suarez (Aubameyang and Timo Werner were also on the list of the newspaper published in Barcelona). In turn, the Italian journalist Di Marzio, with a portal specialized in the market, said that Jorge Mendes was in negotiations with Barcelona for the transfer of the Valencia international. Valencia, beyond Rodrigo, has Paco Alcácer between eyebrow and eyebrow. AS gave exclusively last Friday that Lim wanted to recover the one who was a black and white quarry. The operation was in mind for both summer and now in January, although, if it took place now in January the exit of Kevin Gameiro and Rubén Sobrino, would be knocked on the door of Borussia by Alcácer. But Borussia does not need to be tested much.