Thu, Mar 8, 2:31pm by Head Editor
One Sportsbet punter is totally convinced that Greg Inglis will return to his best this season and win the Dally M medal for the first time, outlaying $8,000, which if the South Sydney fullback salutes, will net the speculator more than $186,000.
31-year-old Inglis returns to the Rabbitohs line-up this weekend for his first NRL game since the opening round last year, when he suffered a season-ending Anterior Cruciate Ligament knee injury against Wests Tigers.
There have been some concerns in the media that the former Queensland and Australia representative may never return to his best given the severity of the injury, but that hasn’t stopped this Sportsbet customer outlaying some big money, which has seen GI’s odds slashed from $51 to $23.
Sportsbet’s Christian Jantzen said “This punter must be the President of the Greg Inglis fan club. GI will have to really turn back the clock to be a contender, and coming off a knee reconstruction at 31 years of age won’t make it any easier.”
Melbourne Storm captain and reigning Dally M medallist Cameron Smith is the $9 co-favourite alongside North Queensland Cowboy second rower Jason Taumalolo.
Taumalolo’s teammate Johnathan Thurston, who plays game number 300 on Friday night when he runs out against the Cronulla Sharks, is at $11 ahead of New South Wales fullback James Tedesco, who’s at $13.
Anthony Milford and Sydney Roosters’ recruit Cooper Cronk are at $15 to take home the NRL’s highest individual honour, alongside Manly’s Daly Cherry-Evans, while ex-Bronco Ben Hunt is at $21 ahead of his first match as a Dragon, which is against his former club.
That match is the opening encounter of the NRL season and comes up on Thursday night. St George Illawarra Dragons are a $1.68 favourite to beat the Broncos ($2.25) at Jubilee Oval.
Dally M Medal Winner – Sportsbet
Cameron Smith $9
Jason Taumalolo $9
Johnathan Thurston $11
James Tedesco $13
Anthony Milford $15
Cooper Cronk $15
Daly Cherry-Evans $15
Ben Hunt $21
Corey Norman $21
Gareth Widdop $21
Mitchell Pearce $21
Nathan Cleary $21
Billy Slater $23
Greg Inglis $23
Michael Morgan $26
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